The 18-year-old, who has impressed for the Reds since his summer move from Charlton Athletic, tweeted Rooney’s name and several emojis after the England captain scored from the penalty spot against Switzerland at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening.
But some of the more tribal Liverpool supporters clearly saw this as act of disloyalty and made their feelings clear by sending abusive tweets to the teenager, according to 101 Great Goals.
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Gomez subsequently deleted the tweet in question, although the fact he felt forced to take action after abuse from his own club’s fans is a shame.
A shame but not necessarily surprising, though. Last week, Jose Enrique deleted both his Twitter and Instagram accounts after fans sent him abusive messages for posting too many holiday photos.
Fans must be careful with abuse
While last month, Dejan Lovren deleted his Instagram account following a wave of abuse from supporters after his disappointing performance against West Ham before the international break.
Social media is an excellent way for players and fans to interact with each other, but there’s a real danger that the angry minority will end up spoiling it for the majority.
Other Liverpool fans stick up for Gomez
Needless to say, there are plenty of Liverpool fans who have condemned their fellow supporters for putting pressure on young Gomez to delete his tweet.
Here are some of the best tweets...
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