Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp doesn’t tend to have too many selection headaches these days, but he did face a tough one ahead of the Premier League opener against Norwich City at Anfield on Friday night.
Virgil van Dijk had been partnered by Joe Gomez in the Community Shield five days earlier, but Joel Matip threw himself into contention by coming on and scoring at Wembley against Manchester City.
Nevertheless, Klopp stuck with the England international for the visit of the Canaries with his African teammate having to settle for place on the substitutes’ bench.
Here’s what supporters are saying about the duo on there…
Pretty much, yeah.
These supporters appear divided on which player is the better one to partner van Dijk right now, although some interesting points were made in regards to Matip especially.
One individual believes he is in better form than Gomez right now, and if that is the case then surely he should be in the starting XI in what is such an important campaign for the Reds.
Another fan believes that Matip being in the side over the Englishman helps Trent Alexander-Arnold, which is an intriguing point of view.
Gomez doesn’t go without the love though, with one pointing to some of his elite performances last season for why he should get the nod, and another saying it could take some time for him to get back up to speed following his injury issues.
With the Super Cup against Chelsea on Wednesday followed by a trip to Southampton on Saturday, it will be interesting to see what Klopp decides to do – in my view it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Matip start in Istanbul, before Gomez returns to the team at St Mary’s.