Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has tipped Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk to form a solid partnership in central defence this season.

Dejan Lovren is out injured after aggravating a stomach issue he had before the World Cup and should be unavailable for selection for a few weeks.

That time should give Joe Gomez the chance to really impress Jürgen Klopp and prove to the manager that he has what it takes to start every week at the heart of Liverpool’s defence.

He was impressive against West Ham and despite switching off momentarily in the first half, he has all the tools necessary to become a top-class defender and with Virgil van Dijk at his side, he could be a part of one of the league’s best centre back duos.

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Martin Keown has tipped van Dijk and Gomez to form one of the Premier League’s best centre-back partnerships, telling the Daily Mail: “I was seriously impressed by the partnership of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk in the centre of Liverpool’s defence.

 

“There will be few better partnerships in the Premier League this season. I have been arguing for some time that Gomez should be playing in that position and against West Ham, he showed why.

“Marko Arnautovic is the sort of player who will cause defenders problems if you don’t get on top of him quickly. Liverpool’s centre-backs swatted him like a fly.

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“There will be bigger tests to come this season but Gomez and Van Dijk purred around the pitch like a pair of Rolls-Royces.

“On Sunday’s evidence, Dejan Lovren will find it tough to win back his place. These two have the makings of a great Premier League partnership.”

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