- Sep 25, 2012
The flip side of that is that Gomez is more likely to then learn from those mistakes and develop further. He won't get that opportunity whilst sitting on the bench and Lovren plays. Gomez will have times he won't play or shouldn't play. Resting, taking out of the limelight sometimes, suspensions and injuries. Whoever our third CB in the pecking order is will likely play a fair bit. Our 4th and 5th choices are likely to play some games too unlike in most European leagues. When Gomez is set and ready and available to play I think he should now. There may be little to no benefit from that in the current time (although I think he is doing easily good enough and I'd rate him as doin great). But the long term benefits for Gomez getting that playing time this season could be massive. He could well be a CB on a level with the likes of VvD and Alderweireld once he's had time and experience to fully settle in and get acclimatised. Lovren is fine, especially with VvD beside him and as a 3rd choice he's as strong an option as it gets. But he is what he is now and (in our system) won't achieve that elite level of VvD and that Gomez could do. The back 4 of Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, VvD and Robertson has every tool it needs to be considered a real special unit. One for the record books. And it's only going to get better with playing time.https://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/306892-jurgen-klopp-dejan-lovren-world-cup
This should 100% not be seen as an attack on Gomez's current form. I'm sure everyone involved with the club are happy a young lad has taken the next step. But Gomez will almost certainly have bad games this season, and will likely even lose his place. And it will be a reflection of how far along Lovren/Matip and Gomez are in their respective careers. Gomez is going to have a great career but there is no rush.