On a near-perfect afternoon for Liverpool, Neil Jones singled out one participant for reward who had his ‘finest recreation’ for Jurgen Klopp’s facet ‘in a very long time’.
With Ibrahima Konate (injured) and Virgil van Dijk (suspended) unavailable to face Aston Villa, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip began because the Reds’ centre-back partnership, and the Englishman did his long-term case for choice no hurt in anyway.
The 26-year-old helped his facet to maintain their first clear sheet of the season with an excellent all-round efficiency, and it was solely proper that his contribution was heralded afterwards.
Taking to Twitter/X simply after the ultimate whistle, Jones acknowledged: “Joe Gomez’s finest recreation for Liverpool in a very long time. He’s been sensible at the moment.”
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) September 3, 2023
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The statistics from Gomez’s efficiency illustrate simply how imperious he was on the again for Liverpool this afternoon.
As per Sofascore, he accomplished a team-high 103 passes out of 108 tried (95% success charge), together with successful 5 of his seven duels (71% success) and making two clearances, one clearance and one sort out.
The defender was additionally composed in possession, selecting out a teammate with three of his 4 lengthy passes towards Villa.
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Gomez owes his begin at the moment to circumstance given the absences of Van Dijk and Konate, however performances like this might see him retain his beginning berth even when each of that pair return to the fold.
Certainly, one other teammate’s misfortune could possibly be the 26-year-old’s acquire, with the Londoner doubtlessly wanted at right-back relying on whether or not the knock which pressured Trent Alexander-Arnold off the pitch at the moment seems to be critical sufficient to sideline him for forthcoming matches.
Nonetheless, he’ll have given Klopp loads of meals for thought together with his dominant show towards Villa on Sunday.
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