“He’s a rare talent”

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has praised Liverpool defender Joe Gomez for his versatility after his impressive display at right-back against Watford.

Reds first-choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold was on the bench in the Hornets clash and remained an unused substitute throughout the game.

With some big plays to come, Jurgen Klopp decided against using their head designer and gave Gomez a chance to impress.

The 24-year-old put on a stellar display providing the assist for Diogo Jota’s opener and was solid at the back.

Garth Crooks on Joe Gomez: “There are very few English defenders who can play anywhere in the back four, but Gomez can. He’s a rare talent and in his day quite brilliant. #awlive [bbc] https://t.co/4TBeFcKqrq

The England international hasn’t had it easy over the past year and a half as he’s been blighted by injuries which have taken their toll on his form.

Crooks explained that Gomez’s distribution against Watford was impressive and he now needed a series of games to get back into contention for a place in the national team.

Crooks wrote in his column for the BBC:

“It’s great to see Joe Gomez back in Liverpool’s line-up. Injuries blighted his career, but the way he was spraying those balls into the Watford end zone for Diogo Jota to attack was just mesmerizing.

β€œGomez needs a series of league games to bring him back to the form that made him a certainty for international selection. There are very few England defenders who can play anywhere in the back four, but Gomez can. It is a rare talent and in its time quite brilliant.

Joe Gomez’s impressive display will keep Liverpool turning

Joe Gomez’s display at right-back came at the right time as it will keep Jurgen Klopp counting on him, especially with the number of games to come in April.

Gomez’s preferred position is at centre-back. However, with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip being the preferred duo and Ibrahima Konate doing well as a substitute, the 24-year-old struggled for time.

Joe Gomez’s game in numbers against Watford: 93 touches 9 entries in the third final 8 duels won 4 tackles 4 crosses 3 aerial duels won 2x possession won 1 chance created 1 pass No Trent no problem. πŸ’ͺ https://t.co/N0bH4qcfcE

The right-back position is not as well provisioned at Anfield. Neco Williams was sent out on loan in January so the Reds don’t have too many options in that role.

Alexander-Arnold’s creative ability makes him the preferred choice but Liverpool will have to rotate in the coming weeks as they play four times in 11 days.

James Milner can also fill in at right-back, but Gomez’s impressive display against Watford now makes him the clear backup option.

Edited by Rachel Syiemlieh

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