Joe Gomez will be the one who dictates whether we see Jurgen Klopp’s best midfield. The England defender has struggled this season.
Joe Gomez was very poor against Aston Villa last time out. He made bad decisions, struggled to handle Ollie Watkins and his positioning was off. He was nothing like the player we’ve seen him develop into since his £3.5m arrival.
It wasn’t surprising that Jurgen Klopp took him off in the second half, then. Nor was it the first time the Liverpool boss has done that – he took Gomez off at half-time of the 4-0 defeat to Manchester City in July.
Both times saw Klopp move Fabinho to centre-half as a result. The Brazilian appears to be the fourth-choice in that position now – something we thought might happen after that City game.
Now it seems that Gomez’s form will dictate where Fabinho plays. Joel Matip is struggling with injury, after all, and if Gomez doesn’t paly well, Fabinho will drop back more often.
And that has a knock-on effect.
Klopp’s best midfield going forward will be Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago. You’ve got arguably the world’s best holding midfield in front of the captain and the new start signing. There’s a lot to be excited about there.
But we might not get to see it as often as planned. If Gomez doesn’t play well, Fabinho will have to drop back into defence as cover. At least until Matip is fully fit, that is.
Now, Liverpool certainly have more cover in midfield. If Fabinho drops, there’s Gini Wijnaldum, Naby Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones who can take a spot.
But Klopp will want to use his best midfield as frequently as possible. It seems, though, that it depends on Gomez’s form.
Fingers crossed the 23-year-old recaptures his best.