Steve McManaman has slated Jurgen Klopp’s decision to play Joe Gomez as an inverted right-back in Liverpool’s Premier League clash this weekend against Wolves.

Speaking on Premier League Productions, the former Anfield star wasn’t a fan of Klopp’s tactic of playing Gomez as Trent Alexander-Arnold’s replacement, with the 26-year-old playing the same role.

The former Charlton Athletic star struggled playing down the right and equally so cutting in as an inverted fullback, with Gomez now more adept at playing centrally.

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With the entire system changing for the second half as Liverpool came back to win 3-1, it’s unlikely that Klopp will entrust Gomez to replicate the Alexander-Arnold role again for the Reds.

Indeed, replacing the England international is a tall order for Liverpool, and McManaman wasn’t a fan of Gomez playing in the role this weekend against Wolves.

McManaman said: “Joe Gomez is now playing like this inverted right-back. He is starting at right-back, then going and playing into centre midfield. He doesn’t need to do that.”

Liverpool have to listen to McManaman’s comments on Gomez

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Gomez has had a mixed season already for Liverpool despite five games being played, yet the Reds should listen to McManaman’s comments on the defender.

The 26-year-old is clearly more suited to a central role, and playing out in the right and trying to emulate Alexander-Arnold is a fool’s errand for the defender.

It also highlights how important it is for Liverpool to spend yet again in January, with the defence the area that Klopp needs to invest in.

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