Liverpool fans slam Gomez performance in frustrating Stoke stalemate

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp made a handful of changes for the visit of Stoke City at Anfield this afternoon.

With one eye on next Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg, the German coach made five changes.

Sadio Mane, James Milner, Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson and injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made way, making room for Danny Ings, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno and Ragnar Klavan.

Overall, it was a lacklustre performance from the Reds, who dominated the ball but failed to get past Stoke’s defence as the match ended goalless.

One man who received criticism from the fans was Gomez, who recently lost his position at right-back to Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Today, the 20-year-old – valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt – was included in the lineup, but struggled defensively and when moving forward.

The performance will not go down as one of Liverpool’s best, but they were unlucky not to be given a penalty late in the second half when the ball struck the arm of Erik Pieters.

Despite the injustice, plenty of the fans’ focus was on Gomez’s disappointing display.