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.
I personally don’t like Gomez #lfc
— GOD IS ALL I KNOW (@Wellington_ODOS) April 28, 2018
Today is proof, if any was needed, that Joe Gomez isn't a right back. He was woeful on the ball. #LFC
— Mike (@aguyiusedtoknow) April 28, 2018
I thought Gomez was horrendous…even the simple passes were too heavy…couple of occasions defensively should have done better… #LFC
— Man of Justice (@SuperGops) April 28, 2018
Gomez is just a liability at RB not sure if he is cut out for the first team. #LFC
— Puru Dhavale (@puru_LFCYNWA) April 28, 2018
— Liverpoolzy (@luzhenyuan) April 28, 2018
The positives from that are no injuries and no Gomez anytime soon. #lfc
— Nair Mitesh (@NairMitesh) April 28, 2018
What a shocking game Gomez have today. #lfc
— Jan Runar LFC (@Janrunar) April 28, 2018
How joe Gomez wasn't pulled off is a mystery #lfc
— Lloyd Stewart (@Lloyddublin) April 28, 2018
Woeful performance……Gomez has to be the worst.#lfc
— Old git Victor #FBPE (@OldGit_Victor) April 28, 2018