Stan Collymore wrote about Joe Gomez for the Mirror and said that the Englishman isn’t as good at playing the ball out from the back as John Stones.
He wrote: “Gomez perhaps isn’t the footballing centre-half that Stones is, but you know he’s not going to be trying Cruyff turns in his own box.
“He’s a good, solid, mobile, footballing defender who would work quite well alongside Maguire.”
Gomez is a lot more than just your run of the mill central defender and it seems as though his lack of football in recent years has led to many not viewing him as a top player.
The 22-year-old has wicked pace, is able to break the lines with a pass from deep and can also breeze past players when running with the ball from the defensive third.
His passing is a hugely underrated aspect of his game and is arguably what Liverpool missed the most the season when he was out injured with a fractured leg.
Joel Matip is a splendid player and has a tendency to maraud forward with the ball but the Cameroonian is not as gifted a passer as Joe Gomez is.
Collymore clearly hasn’t watched Gomez as closely as a person in his position should have and, if Jurgen Klopp ignores Matthijs de Ligt this summer and gives the young English defender a chance to start alongside van Dijk, the world will be reminded of how good he is.