Danny Murphy backs Joe Gomez to get a ‘final chance’ against Everton on Saturday. The 23-year-old struggled badly against Aston Villa last time out.
Joe Gomez may or may not have a place against Everton. It’s the big question facing Jurgen Klopp, in fact – does he persist with an out-of-form player or move Fabinho out of position instead?
Ex-Red Danny Murphy gave his thoughts on the 23-year-old for the Daily Mail and he backs the idea of giving him a ‘final chance’.
“Joe Gomez, in particular, has struggled in the heart of the defence this season,” he wrote. “He does not look as confident, or even fit, compared to his prime and the manager faces a big decision whether to take him out of the firing line.
“It is always a tricky call. Some players benefit from having a breather, gather their thoughts and come back stronger. I always liked to have that final chance if I was out of form and invariably put in a better performance.
“For me, rising to the challenge helped, whereas being dropped might have knocked my confidence.”
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It’s nice to hear an ex-pro’s perspective on this. Murphy says he always found it easier to give a revitalising performance when in a difficult position. Hopefully, then, Gomez can provide the same.
Because he certainly is in a difficult position. He just didn’t look ‘right’ against Villa, frequently struggling with positioning and decision making. He looked the same against Manchester City in July. In both games, Klopp took him off early and moved Fabinho back into defence.
Perhaps pressure plays a part? Joel Matip is injured, leaving Gomez as one of the only two natural centre-halves in the squad. Liverpool need him, then, and that will surely affect a player in some way.
Liverpool really need him against Everton, though. It’s one of the biggest games of the entire season as the Toffees top the league and the Reds look to bounce back.
Hopefully, Murphy is absolutely right about players taking that final chance and upping their game. If he doesn’t, Klopp will have little choice but to take him out of the firing line.