Joe Gomez will be a top defender one day but he still has a lot of room to improve as Sevilla’s second goal against Liverpool on Sunday proves.

The Englishman was on fire for the Reds in the first half of last season and was able to form a brilliant partnership with Virgil van Dijk that only conceded five goals in 13 Premier League games.

He then broke his leg against Burnley and is on the way back to starting for the Reds, with Joel Matip putting up a strong challenge.

Joel Matip.

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The Cameroonian was world class last season and was a key factor in his side’s successful Champions League campaign, making his claim to a spot in the starting XI a strong one.

 

Klopp will have noticed a moment against Sevilla that suggests Joe Gomez still has a long way to go before he can be classified as one of the best defenders in the world.

With Sevilla pouring forward on the counter-attack, Gomez was poor in the way he provided cover for his side and was weak in the way challenged Dabbur for the ball.

Joe Gomez.

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Van Dijk, whose positioning is arguably his strongest trait, would not have made a challenge and instead would have limited the player’s options instead of giving him the best possible chance of scoring.

Gomez has a hugely bright future ahead of him but it’s clear that he still has a lot to learn but given his young age of just 22, he has plenty of time to learn the tricks of the trade.

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