Liverpool managed to see off Championship side Preston North End in the Carabao Cup last night by a scoreline of 2-0 thanks to goals from Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi.
As well as the two goalscorers, one other Liverpool player that delivered a good performance at Deepdale was centre-back, Joe Gomez, over Adrian who managed to make three saves in the match and keep the Reds in the competition.
The defender, who started and played the full 90 minutes of the match in midweek with the captain’s armband, managed to make three clearances and one tackle, win 90% of the duels he was involved in.
He also completed 119 of the 131 passes he attempted, proving to be equally adept with the ball at his feet, and ultimately earn himself an overall match rating of 7.3, making him the joint-second highest-rated outfield Reds player on the day alongside the goalscoring duo, according to SofaScore.
This says to us just how much of an important figure Gomez is for the Merseyside club and how much they can rely on him when they need to even though he has only played a full 90 minutes on three occasions so far this season.
Liverpool signed Gomez, who has been previously described as a “sensational” player by Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, back in the 2015 summer transfer window from Charlton Athletic for a fee of just £3.5m.
Since then, the 24-year-old, who is now valued at £27m according to Transfermarkt, has made a total of 128 appearances for the Reds across all competitions, helping the club win the Premier League and Champions League in that time.
Forget Adrian, it was Gomez who was an absolute rock at the back despite the Championship outfit’s advances in the first-half.
Moving forward, with Liverpool set to take on Brighton & Hove Albion in the Premier League at the weekend, Gomez’s performance in midweek will certainly have given Klopp some food for thought over whether he should start the Englishman on Saturday or not.
However, with Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate getting rested in midweek after keeping a clean sheet at Old Trafford in their 5-0 win over Manchester United last weekend, it would make sense for Klopp to stick with those two and put Gomez back on the substitutes bench for the Brighton clash.