May 15, 2024

Klopp saw something not seen since 2020 and it could save Liverpool millions

Joe Gomez is in brilliant form for Liverpool right now.

 

Liverpool won’t let the events at Tottenham overshadow what has categorically been a really positive start to the season for Jürgen Klopp’s side. The victory at Toulouse on Thursday night was a continuation of that, with the Reds getting a comfortable 5-1 win and putting themselves very close to achieving qualification to the next round.

 

That’s always been the ambition for Liverpool in the Europa League. Meanwhile, the objective remains to finish as high up on the Premier League table as possible. Given how open the play is this season, even a title challenge cannot be written off the cards at this stage, especially since Klopp’s 2.0 Liverpool side has a really special feeling about it.

 

It’s been a complete 360 from the drab performances fans were accustomed to last season. There is new energy and purpose in the team. The new players have galvanized the Reds and helped accelerate Liverpool to new heights.

 

Above all, this newfound energy has also inspired Klopp’s existing stars, including one of his most loyal servants in Joe Gomez. With the likes of Jordan Henderson and James Milner leaving Anfield during the summer, it went under the radar that Gomez is now the longest-serving member of the first-team squad, having signed for Liverpool back in 2015.

 

Gomez’s career in red has been a bit of a mixed bag so far. He’s played his hand in some great successes over the years, and at times formed a superb partnership with Virgil van Dijk. But he has also been blighted by injuries which often stopped him in his tracks.

 

Since returning from his latest setback now over two years ago, Gomez has struggled to get back into the Liverpool side. In the last 11 Premier League games last season, Gomez sat on the bench without coming on the pitch nine times, and he started the same amount of games at right-back as at center-back in the same period.

 

Understandably, there were calls over the summer for Liverpool to cash in on his services and rebuild Klopp’s 2.0 version with another defender. But those calls never came to fruition.

 

Instead, this season Gomez has returned to his best. He’s put in some brilliant performances against Newcastle United and Aston Villa and has covered the right-back position really well, and against Toulouse, he was at his formidable best.

 

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Not only did Gomez rack up an assist, but he also made five tackles, won five out of his six ground duels, and made three interceptions and seven recoveries. It was a commanding performance by the Liverpool center-back and the kind of performance the Reds haven’t really seen from him up until this season, since he suffered that injury all the way back in 2020.

 

When Gomez was injured against Everton, he was at the height of his career. In Liverpool’s title-winning campaign the season prior, Gomez formed one of the best partnerships the league has ever seen with Van Dijk and he was constantly getting call-ups to the England senior national team.

 

Now Gomez seems to be getting back to that kind of form, and if he continues to perform, those England calls may return. Not to mention he may also save FSG millions in the transfer market. After all, it’s easy to forget Gomez is only 26 years old. For a center-back, that’s still quite young.

 

He should only just be hitting his prime, which means there is no reason to suggest he doesn’t have a long-term place in Klopp’s 2.0 rebuild at Anfield. His form means Liverpool can now at least save a bit of money next summer, and instead of two center-backs, the club may only need to sign one.

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