Liverpool have had a sterling start to the season. The Reds have collected maximum points in the league, easing past Chelsea and Arsenal in a tricky run of games. The most recent victory owed a lot to one defender in particular. Liverpool keeping Joe Gomez fit will be crucial to the side’s success this season.
Liverpool ease past Arsenal
It was a routine victory in the end as the Reds beat Arsenal 3-1 at Anfield.
We say routine, it was an exceptional performance, but that has become so routine for this Liverpool side.
To man, the team were excellent. The hosts strangled the visitors in possession, Mikel Arteta’s team tried to play out from the back but it was never going to work.
Joe Gomez v Arsenal
Joe Gomez put in one of his finest Liverpool performances against Arsenal this week.
The 10 cap international was dominant at the back, in truth overshadowing the lauded Virgil van Dijk.
He finished the game with a 91% passing accuracy, won all his ground duels and completed both of his dribbles.
Whenever the visitors looked to get in behind, Gomez’s recovery pace was awesome, always beating out his attacker.
One of his finest moments of the game came at in stoppage time when he put in a last ditch slide tackle to keep the Reds’ lead at 3-1.
Liverpool need to keep Gomez fit
Joe Gomez missed the visit to Chelsea through injury. We can’t keep chopping and changing the back four. It is always better to have a settled, bedded in back line.
It helps with playing opposition offside, with who is covering and where and when.
We also have to consider that Joel Matip won’t always be fit enough to step in, meaning that if Gomez is injured we could disrupt our midfield by dropping Fabinho into the back line.
Given that he showed on Monday night that he is back to his excellent best, keeping him fit could prove crucial to the club’s success for the season. He kept a lethal Arsenal attack incredibly quiet.
He is just 23-years-old, he is only going to improve with experience and he’ll improve a lot the more he’s playing alongside Virgil van Dijk.