Jurgen Klopp seemed to make clear his plan B at right-back on Saturday – Joe Gomez. It’s yet another sign that we’ll see a versatile Liverpool this season.
The most notable thing about Liverpool’s Community Shield was Klopp. The boss made a series of changes that shed light on the coming season – as first games usually do.
There was a change in formation. There was using Fabinho as a centre-half. We also saw Klopp quick to use Gomez as a right-back – and that’s yet another sign that we’ll see a versatile Liverpool this season.
Neco Williams trial
Williams started at Wembley and so we can feel quite confident that he’ll play a first-team squad role this season. When Trent Alexander-Arnold isn’t there, Williams will play.
But he’s still a 19-year-old without a season’s experience at senior level. Thus Klopp may not trust him in every game – he’ll need to earn it.
So what we saw on Saturday almost certainly won’t be the last time. Gomez will be the ‘Plan B’ for the Plan B and if Williams isn’t ready then the £3.5m man is the alternative.
That means Gomez, much like Fabinho and some others, will have dual positions this season. Pretty much everyone in attack has the same, with Klopp’s 4-2-3-1 asking them to be flexible.
Potential for change
It opens the door for another player to move about – Alexander-Arnold. If he’s got two players behind him, one of which a recognised right-back and the other an experienced senior player, then Klopp may feel like trying something new with the Scouser.
Alexander-Arnold has never had serious cover behind him, after all. But with two viable options – choice, even – Klopp could perhaps consider about trying the no.66 somewhere new.
That could be as a more advanced winger or a wing-back. Maybe it’s a place in the middle of midfield. Either way, there’s a new level of comfort that makes it easier to try.
But that’s just potential. Whether Klopp moves his right-back around or not, what he’s already shown with Gomez, Fabinho and the attack proves we’re getting a versatile Liverpool this season.