These are harrowing instances for Liverpool supporters.
Nervous brows appeared after Jordan Pickford, recklessly, related with Virgil van Dijk’s hyperextended knee in Saturday’s frantic finale to a frantic drawn derby at Everton.
Such was the rate of the out-of-control influence and unforgiving angle of the Netherlands centre-back’s locked leg, it’s truthful to imagine he received’t be seen in pink till subsequent 12 months. A significant position within the remaining months of the membership’s title defence might be severely questioned, ahead of consultations with a medical expert later on Sunday.
With the switch window closed till January, inside options are wanted. Enter, Joe Gomez.
Destiny would have it that the most-unstable run of type within the 23-year-old’s staccato profession has coincided along with his employers’ second of nice want.
A defining marketing campaign awaits for a participant of whom a lot is, each, anticipated and unrealised.
No-one can realistically query the innate skill possessed by Gomez. True greatness is highlighted in those that make soccer, a easy sport of limitless selection, seem uncomplicated and unrushed.
They’ll, nonetheless, query Gomez’s utilisation of those presents.
Laudable performances on the flip of 2020 after Joel Matip’s harm are bookended by a disastrous displaying in opposition to Manchester Metropolis in final season’s Group Defend, plus a unfastened penalty concession throughout the one incident he was required to defend in September’s eventful 1-0 win for England in opposition to Iceland and being hooked after a calamitous hour in a 7-2 loss at Aston Villa.
Pressured out of the lengthy shadow solid by his illustrious companion, he might want to organise a backline which has stored one clear sheet from 10 Premier League matches. This statistic, in itself, would level to gremlins on the again, but the imperious Van Dijk’s enforced removing is the antithesis of a viable answer.
Gomez exists as an intriguing prospect. When in full, balletic circulation, comparisons to club-great Alan Hansen will not be unkind to the Scot.
His 76 Premier League appearances have come with out formally any errors resulting in targets. Raking cross-field balls to Sadio Mane are additionally a key part of Liverpool’s techniques, when deployed.
Parallels had been made in regards to the multifaceted Daniel Agger throughout an unfulfilled Anfield stint. These now make uncomfortable studying.
An analogous collection of significant accidents have curtailed Gomez’s involvement since July 2015’s change from Charlton Athletic.
They’ve sapped momentum and stunted progress. Matthijs de Ligt of Juventus is two-years youthful, but counts 26 extra senior league appearances than his English up to date’s 97.
Gomez should develop up. Quick.
Maturity is a vital side. The sport comes so simply to him, there are incidents when a way of alarm is absent.
Daring Atletico Madrid, specifically, took benefit of this throughout March’s Champions League elimination.
Lackadaisical jibes had been directed at Van Dijk in his childhood at Celtic and Southampton. He might, nonetheless, type away from Liverpool’s fierce spot gentle.
Gomez has now been thrust into its unrelenting glare. A constructive response is important.
Dejan Lovren’s summer season departure to Zenit Saint Petersburg meant Jurgen Klopp’s “mentality monsters” got here into 2020/21 with solely three senior centre-backs on their books, anyway.
There seems little want to redeploy Fabinho from defensive midfield. England Below-21 call-up Rhys Williams, 17-year-old Frenchman Billy Koumetio and the callow Sepp van den Berg are all prospects for the medium or long run.
It’s neither unfair or unrealistic to argue Gomez’s contribution, for good or unhealthy, will outline an unsure 2020/21 at Anfield.
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