Klopp will start the 'phenomenal' Liverpool star against Manchester United for the first time this season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will give Joe Gomez his first start of the season against Manchester United on Monday.
The Athletic reports on this. According to reports, Gomez will start for Liverpool against Manchester United after participating in a ‘full’ training session yesterday.
The 25-year-old wasn’t fit enough to start Liverpool’s last game against Crystal Palace. He’s now ready to go after a good half-hour cameo.
The massive match on Monday, however, will reportedly come too soon for fellow center-back Joel Matip. However, The Athletic has some good news in that department as well, reporting that Matip did some ‘light work’ on the grass.
This is fantastic news for both Liverpool and Gomez. Going to Old Trafford with Nat Phillips expected to do a job again would have been risky for The Reds.
That is not meant to be disrespectful to Phillips. He’s been an excellent servant to Liverpool and performed admirably on Monday. However, his presence in the backline may have cost Liverpool a goal as well.
Gomez is a class above. When he came on earlier this week at Anfield, the Reds appeared to gain confidence almost immediately. It was a polished performance from a player who is clearly part of the club’s long-term plans.
From a personal standpoint, Gomez must maintain his fitness in order to compete.
Although he’s now being thrust into the line-up, just a few weeks ago he was still fourth choice. Both Matip and Ibrahima Konate have bundled ahead of him in the pecking order. This is now a brilliant chance for him to bite back.
If he performs well, there’s every chance he can reinstate himself as Klopp’s number one choice to play next to Virgil Van Dijk. The Liverpool boss already loves him, calling him ‘phenomenal’ last month via liverpoolfc.com.
Klopp may not need too much persuading, then. But Gomez still needs to start well with a good display at Old Trafford on Monday. United have been desperately poor so far this season, but they’ll be up for it next week.
With players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho in the team, they still pose a considerable threat. Thankfully, Liverpool should now have the personnel in the back-line to cope with that.