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Why Joe Gomez might have to wait for his chance



English international Joe Gomez who has been impressive for the Reds in defence so far this season showed why he has improved massively as a player under the tutelage of German tactician Jurgen Klopp with impressive performances for the Three Lions against Germany and England in the just concluded international break.

The Liverpool defender got his first call-up to the Three Lions by manager Gareth Southgate after eye-catching performances for the Reds so far this season, and he made his official debut for the Three Lions as a substitute against Germany in a stalemate draw having replaced Manchester United defender Phil Jones who picked up an injury. The youngster made his full debut for the Three Lions having started in a three-man defence against Brazil and was lauded by many after his man of the match display for the Three Lions in another stalemate draw against the five times world champions. The former Charlton Athletic youngster was praised especially for the calmness, physicality and compusure he exhibited in keeping the most expensive player in the world Neymar Jnr. at bay for the most part of the game at the Wembley Stadium.

For all of Liverpool’s attacking talent, one of their Achilles heel is their defence but with Joe Gomez superb performance at centre back for the Three Lions many would expect the youngster to partner teammate Joel Matip in the heart of defence as the Reds welcome the Saints to Anfield this weekend. However, with Nathaniel Clyne still out injured, Joe Gomez might have to wait for his chance to play at centre-back and remain at right-back for the Saints visit at Anfield tomorrow, while and a centre back pairing of either Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan or Dejan Lovren is expected.

A case of what could have been will linger on the minds of Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool faithful with move for failed summer target Virgil Van Dijk playing against the Reds at Anfield on Saturday, and will definitely be the centre of attraction with reports linking the Dutchman once again with a winter move to the Merseyside when the January transfer window opens. It’s no longer news the Kopites are in the hunt for a quality centre back in the January transfer window, but the rise of 20-year-old Joe Gomez might prove otherwise and could be the answer to the Reds defensive woes if injured Nathaniel Clyne can return to full fitness before the turn of the year.

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