Liverpool scraped a thrilling victory in the Champions League on Wednesday night, beating Red Bull Salzburg 4-3. The Reds went 3-0 up after 36 minutes before a valiant comeback by the visitors brought the score back to 3-3. Joel Matip was injured and unavailable for the game, allowing Joe Gomez to step back into the side. Gomez lost his place in the team following a tragic leg break against Burnley last winter, the England international had been in fine form up until that point but Joel Matip took his opportunity with both hands and has been undroppable since replacing JoGo.
It was a disasterclass at times by Liverpool last night. There was a rare off day for Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez followed the leader. The best defender in the world was turned inside out by Hwang Hee-Chan in the first half for Red Bull Salzburg’s opening goal. Gomez took note of Virgil’s lunging in and carried out his own brash piece of play early in the second half, the returning Englishman charged at a visiting attacker near the halfway line, giving away a free kick when the opposition player wasn’t in a threatening position. Gomez had put himself out of position in the process and the visitors were quick to capitalise on this, leading to their 3rd goal.
Twitter has reacted in divise nature to the Joe Gomez show.
This Red found his performing frustrating to say the least.
Joe Gomez has been a complete shambles since half time. Leaving VVD’s line, running out of position, not tracking runners & players in behind. Sort your shit out Joe. You’re better than this.
— Aditya Gyawali (@aditgyawali335) October 2, 2019
However, one Red thought he was being scapegoated.
Anyone who is scapegoating Joe Gomez for one game needs to have a day off. Let’s be real that Van Dijk had his worst performance for us, and the midfield lost control of the game in the 2nd half.
Not easy when you haven’t played much this season.
— Sam (@SamueILFC) October 3, 2019
People pointed out that Matip has asserted himself as the better option.
— Nasri😜 (@Nasri4617) October 2, 2019
But stats did come to Gomez’ defence
Joe Gomez vs Salzburg
Most tackles won (6/6)
Most interceptions (4)
Wasn’t dribbled past
Made a last-man tackle pic.twitter.com/bRN7wPH2xW
— LFC Stats (@LFCData) October 2, 2019
The England player’s performance gave one Red flashbacks to a darker time.
Joe Gomez giving one of the worst centre half displays I’ve ever seen…and I’ve watched dejan lovren
— Jim Keeney (@JimKeeney) October 2, 2019
However sensibility prevailed for some, pointing out he’s returning from a long absence.
The criticism that I’m seeing towards Joe Gomez is very harsh imo. Yes he didn’t have a great game tonight but I think people seem to be forgetting that he hasn’t played regular first team football in almost a year. Give the lad a break and get behind him 🔴 #LFC #LIVSAR pic.twitter.com/PbX3QzIlgH
— TheKop.com (@TheKop_com) October 2, 2019