The Chalkboard: Gomez’s performance for England should send a message to Liverpool

Joe Gomez’s commanding performance for England against Croatia shows Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp that he must not switch the defender’s position.

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In the last few seasons, Gomez has predominantly played as a right-back, but an injury blow paved the way for Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Since bursting onto the scene last season, Alexander-Arnold has made the position his own, which left Gomez in an uncertain position.

However, an injury to Dejan Lovren at the World Cup gave the 21-year-old the chance to show his quality as Virgil van Dijk’s centre-back partner.

Gomez slotted into the role with ease and has confidently demonstrated his leadership alongside the Dutchman.

His form has followed him onto the international stage, and against Croatia on Sunday in a Nations League encounter, the young defender impressed for England once again.

The Three Lions came from behind to win the clash 2-1, and Gomez played a hand in Jesse Lingard’s equaliser thanks to a long throw into Croatia’s penalty area.

Why should Klopp take note?

The Liverpool boss already knows that Gomez is a strong figure in the backline, but there has been a few times this season that the young star has reverted to right-back.

When Klopp has decided to rest Alexander-Arnold, he has called upon Gomez to shift position.

Dejan Lovren has generally stepped in to partner Van Dijk on this occasions, but the youngster’s performance for England at the weekend should be a warning to the Liverpool boss.

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At the moment, Gomez is by far the best central defender to work with Van Dijk at Anfield, so it makes very little sense to move him.

Nathaniel Clyne has had little game time, but he is a recognised right-back and should be called upon instead.

If Gomez has to keep switching, then it could potentially affect his progress at the heart of the defence.

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