Liverpool earned a thrilling 4-3 victory over Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday, but despite their first Champions League win this season, many fans share concerns over the performance of Joe Gomez.
The 22-year-old made only his fourth start of this campaign, excluding the Community Shield, but the Reds’ defence looked more fragile with him alongside Virgil van Dijk compared to Joel Matip, who has impressed many this term.
That could be a worry for some ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Leicester at the weekend, particularly as they put five past Newcastle in their last game.
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As a result, he played a role in the visitors coming back level with three goals, before Mo Salah struck the winner.
Some supporters have acknowledged the fact he hasn’t played often this season, but others have overlooked his lack of fitness and decided to criticise the defender, as the following reactions show…
This just shows how stats are misleading he was ran all over the place hadn't a clue where to be
— chris kavanagh (@ChrisKavanagh97) October 2, 2019
He was terrible today. Stats don’t tell the full story
— LFC96 (@Liverpoolfan195) October 2, 2019
Stats mean nothing and this proves it…
— ⚡ (@abxlxo13) October 2, 2019
He certainly wasn’t as good as your stats indicate, let’s hope Matip is fit for the weekend
— Michael Parker (@comberalchemist) October 2, 2019
He was rusty, match fitness and timing was off. Positioning was poor at times, he’s still very good and would get back to his best with a run of matches. Except we’ve got the collosus that is Joel Matip coming back and he’s the joint 2nd best defender in the Premier league atm.
— Ribenho ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (@stuartclark1892) October 3, 2019
Must of been a different game I watched ??♂️ he looked abit rusty
— Matthew Watson (@mattywatson911) October 3, 2019
Not good enough. Going too high up. No defensive line. Very nervy aerial duels
— Karan_66 (@karankk88) October 2, 2019
He was terrible and that’s that.
— It’s Me (@SmLanga1) October 2, 2019
Poor performance. Couldn’t read the flight of the ball at all. Matip missed.
— Ali ? (@aliwalker1103) October 2, 2019