Joe Gomez is looking really good heading into Liverpool’s meeting with Watford. That’s according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.
Jurgen Klopp has a lot to worry about against Watford tomorrow. Liverpool are without Thiago, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott in midfield – all three were contenders to start.
Alisson and Fabinho can’t play, either. Brazil’s final fixture came so late that they’re ruled out for the weekend. Diogo Jota returned early from Portugal duty with a problem, too. While he’s fit, there will be a question over his readiness here.
On top of that, this will be Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge of Watford and Klopp admits he doesn’t know what to expect. They’ve been watching Sampdoria games to try and figure things out, apparently.
Thankfully, the defence is looking pretty solid. There aren’t any new problems and Klopp has all of his options available.
That doesn’t mean he won’t make changes, however. Liverpool face Atletico Madrid on Tuesday and Manchester United next Sunday – it makes some sense to rotate against Watford.
In fact, it sounds as though Klopp will do just that. The boss has been talking up Joe Gomez ahead of the game at Vicarage Road, claiming he’s in ‘top shape’.
Joe Gomez ready to face Watford
“[Gomez] is in a top shape – he looks really good,” Klopp told his Friday press conference. “I know that Gareth [Southgate] reacts on if players aren’t playing regularly.
“He is an exceptional centre-half.”
It would be quite sensible to play Gomez here. Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip seem quite established as the first-choice pairing. Both will almost certainly face Atletico & United, then.
So perhaps it’s time to see what Gomez and Ibrahima Konate can do once again. They’ve impressed as a duo previously and giving them a run-out here allows Klopp to keep his options fresh for next week.
And if Gomez ‘looks really good’, all the better. Klopp should see what he can do.