This weekend saw Liverpool scrape another three points as they beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park. It was a performance of champions as Jürgen Klopp’s side’s class showed through, just getting over the line against The Eagles. It was Crystal Palace’s late equaliser which showed that Joe Gomez needs to start again in future.
Dejan Lovren has been in strong form in recent weeks. The Croatian cut a forgotten figure prior to an injury for Joel Matip in October. Since the long limbed Cameroonian has been out of the side, Lovren has stepped into his shoes. The World Cup finalist has impressed, putting in strong performances against Manchester City and Spurs.
However, at Selhurst Park the defender was found wanting for Palace’s equaliser. Lovren was beaten far too easily in the build up to the goal; Christian Benteke dropped a shoulder and stepped inside the centre back with ease. Let’s be honest, Benteke isn’t known for his dribbling ability.
At a crucial time in a key game, Lovren was not good enough against weaker opposition. In the week Jürgen Klopp spoke about momentum being key to picking his team. The final minutes of the game at Selhurst Park must surely have halted any momentum that Lovren had.
Joe Gomez has waited patiently on the sidelines since returning to fitness after a leg break against Burnley last December. The Englishman’s quality is undeniable. At the start of the 2018/19 season JoGo and Virgil van Dijk formed an impassable partnership. Joe Gomez must start in the near future to give him a chance of rekindling this special bond with the Dutchman.
We have a hectic winter schedule ahead, Joe Gomez will have to be called upon to start in at least some of these games. Hopefully he will do enough in these matches to warrant a permanent place in the first team again. He is just 22-years-old, if he manages to cement a regular place in the starting lineup then we could have an historic partnership on our hands.