Joe Gomez could not have put in two more commanding performances to convince supporters that Liverpool are still a force to be reckoned with defensively.
Against Ajax and most recently Sheffield United, he was totally imperious for the Reds.
Jurgen Klopp has always maintained his trust in the player and his faith was rewarded with one of his most impressive performances to date.
Gomez once again partnered Fabinho, who was the man-of-the-match in Amsterdam. There was no questioning who was the star of the show on Saturday night under the Anfield lights.
The England international certainly took his time to grow into the game and enjoyed a physical aerial battle with Ollie McBurnie in the first-half.
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By the time the whistle blew for the second-period, Gomez was a man possessed and took matters into his own hands to drive Liverpool forward.
Gomez has the physical attributes to be a top defender. He is quick, and he is strong. What has let him down is his presence. He sometimes isn’t as assertive or dominant as we know he can be and this could be down to a lack of confidence during critical periods.
We sometimes forget just how young Gomez is and how much he still has to learn in the professional environment. This game hopefully can be a turning point for him. His performance was a statement of intent as, without his trusted partner Van Dijk beside him, it was time for Gomez to become the leader and take action which, of course, he did expertly.
From a statistical outlook, he was even more impressive. Defensively, he made one tackle, two interceptions, eight clearences and won six aerial duels.
On the ball, he was just as influential. He averaged a pass success rate of 92 per cent and completed more passes (86) than any other player in the team. Also, he had a 100 per cent accuracy when it came to long passes completed (12/12).
There certainly will be more big challenges to come, but Liverpool could not have asked for more from Gomez, considering the circumstances.
On a night where the only thing that mattered was winning, it was Gomez who took matters into his own hands to inspire his team to victory.
Liverpool fans were left raving about his performance. Here is a look at some of the reaction on Twitter…
Joemez heatmap today 🐐 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/sJh7aIbqsR
— ThiagoSZN (@6ThiagoSZN) October 24, 2020
Gomez seeing people doubt him pic.twitter.com/vsCW6zrPsv
— Steve (@Steve_LFC19) October 24, 2020
BIG PERFORMANCE 💪💎
— 🔴 (@ChrisvLFC) October 24, 2020
He’s proving everyone wrong
— SM💫 (@SauceLikeTaki) October 24, 2020
— Origi (90'+6) (@LFCTikiTaka) October 24, 2020
Joe Gomez attempted 15 long passes vs Ajax. He completed 6 of them.
Today vs Sheffield Utd, he attempted 12 long passes. He completed all 12 of them.
He’s definitely being asked to help fill the Van Dijk void from a build-up perspective. And today he showed he’s capable of it pic.twitter.com/Be8b8tjbkL
— Liverpool First Lady (@lfcfirstlady) October 24, 2020
Van Dijk looking down on Gomez and Fabinho pic.twitter.com/LUTmUYf8tk
— F E N (@Thefenz1987) October 24, 2020
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