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The Liverpool juggernaut continues to march on.
The Reds have now gone an incredible 33 games unbeaten in the Premier League, and continue to lead the table by eight points from Leicester City. Against Bournemouth at the weekend, they were in imperious form and easily dispatched their opponents with minimal effort. The Cherries were unable to muster up a single shot on target throughout the match, whilst Jurgen Klopp’s team scored three of the nine they managed on their way to a 3-0 victory at Dean Court.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager made seven changes to the team that flew past Everton on Wednesday evening, with Joe Gomez being one of those to come into the side. In the past, he has had trouble proving to be a threat offensively at right-back, but he was far more dangerous this weekend.
He didn’t manage to pick up any goals or assists, but he proved to be a valuable part of Liverpool’s attacking game. He made two key passes, whilst he also completed two of the four crosses he attempted. Not only that, he landed 89% of his passes, whilst he also had the second most touches in the match with 140. Probably not known for his ability to beat a man, he was successful in two of the three dribbles he attempted.
Defensively, he won seven of the 14 duels he contested, and also made three interceptions. Whilst the eight-time England international cannot take all of the credit for the clean sheet, it is no coincidence that his introduction to the side gave Liverpool more defensive cover, and made it incredibly difficult for Eddie Howe’s side to make any inroads – they had just 26% possession on the day.
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The 22-year-old came into the side to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold, who was rested this weekend. In contrast to the match against Napoli, where he was a peripheral figure in attack, Gomez was more like the 21-year-old first-choice right-back this time around. The Reds’ number 66, of course, is not in any immediate danger of losing his place, but this performance will give Klopp some thinking to do.
In games against strong offensive units, especially those that use the counter-attack to lethal effect, Gomez may be a better option to use, especially considering he was also able to contribute going forward. It remains to be seen whether this is something the 52-year-old boss explores.
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