Joe Gomez has been a shining light in Liverpool’s team this season as he has proven that he is more than capable of being Virgil van Dijk’s centre-back partner.
The 21-year-old has been solid, steady, and has demonstrated quick decision-making and intelligence on the ball while in the heart of defence.
Despite this, manager Jurgen Klopp has on occasion shifted him to the right-back position to act as cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The German coach made this decision on Wednesday night for the trip to Parc des Princes to take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
Gomez was farmed out right and made way for Dejan Lovren, who sat alongside Van Dijk in what turned out to be a 2-1 defeat – the club’s fifth away loss in Europe.
As shown in the infographic above, Gomez’s defensive attributes were strong over the course of the 90 minutes in Paris.
The England international made some crucial tackles and stopped PSG in their tracks at times, but the offensive side of the job was lacking.
Gomez failed to register a single accurate cross and he did not make any meaningful passes in the final third.
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It is understandable why Klopp would go for a more defensive figure at right-back than Alexander-Arnold, who still has a way to go.
However, the teenager would have been more of an asset in the attacking sense, and Liverpool get the best out of Gomez when he is situated alongside Van Dijk.
This Sunday, the Reds will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten run when they take on Merseyside rivals Everton at Anfield, and in order to do that they require the best centre-back pairing that they have.
With that in mind, Gomez needs to move back to the centre in place of Dejan Lovren and Alexander-Arnold should be reinstalled at right-back.