Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has a key role to play against RB Salzburg.

The 22-year-old centre half will likely partner Virgil Van Dijk in the heart of defence.

Despite finding himself down the pecking order of late, Gomez will start in one of the seasons biggest games.

We’ll need him on top form if we are going to make it through to the Champions Leagues knockout stage.

The latest Joel Matip injury update could be great news for Joe Gomez.

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Dejan Lovren limped out of Liverpool’s game against Bournemouth this weekend and is unlikely to be risked tonight.

The Austrian league leaders are prolific goal scorers, especially at home. They continued that form with an impressive 5-1 win against Tirol over the weekend.

 

Liverpool will need to shut them out as best as possible to avoid defeat. Any draw or win will be good enough to see us through and the best way of ensuring that is by protecting our goal.

In steps Gomez who’ll get the chance to reclaim his place in the first team set-up. Since suffering a long-term injury last season he hasn’t quite recovered until now.

At times he has looked way off his best in the Liverpool back-line and now finds himself our fourth-choice centre back. Joel Matip has come on multiple levels and Lovren has been uncharacteristically consistent in the Reds defence.

Any game time Gomez has been getting has often come at right-back. As talented as the England international is he cant perform in that position and look good.

This is a massive chance for the young defender to play in his preferred position, in a big game and look good. On his day Gomez is a world-class defender and we’ll need him in top form tonight and for the rest of the season.

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