The Reds are in fine form. The first team have won every game in December – of course, the youth side did fall to defeat against Aston Villa in the League Cup but that doesn’t count does it. One of the reasons that Liverpool have been in such fine form is the form of Joe Gomez. Such is the form of the Englishman, Joe Gomez should keep Joel Matip out of the side in the New Year.

Joe Gomez should keep his place ahead of Joel Matip in the New Year.

Joe Gomez should keep his place ahead of Joel Matip in the New Year. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

The Reds have been without Joel Matip for a majority of the season. The Cameroonian centre half has played just once since the end of September, appearing in the Reds 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The lanky defender has been ruled out with a knee injury. It was around this time last year that the ex-Schalke man stepped into the side when Joe Gomez broke his leg against Burnley.

Matip was transformed from a potential flop into a world leading centre back. When JoGo came back from his leg break he was resigned to a spot on the bench, with Matip in such fine form it was impossible to dislodge him.

Now, with Joe Gomez performing impressively Joel Matip should have to wait for his turn to step back into the side. If we can keep Gomez fit and firing for the remainder of the season it could be invaluable for us going forward.

 

The Club World Cup final saw an exemplary performance from Gomez. He won the most aerial duels in the game and he looked determined to keep his place.

The 22-year-old has boundless potential and is years away from reaching his peak. If we can keep him playing as often as possible then he will continue to improve and so will his partnership with Virgil van Dijk – the pair were impassable when they started the 2018/19 season together.

Jürgen Klopp is not in the habit of keeping spots in the team reserved for players – he has insisted it is all about momentum, so it follows that until JoMez is injured or his form dips, he should keep his place in the side.

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