Jamie Carragher had his say on Joe Gomez during Leicester 1-2 Liverpool

  • Kat Lucas
Joe Gomez played predominantly at right-back last term

Liverpool held on for a 2-1 win over Leicester as they kept up they made it four wins from four in the new Premier League season.

The Reds were not at their sparkling best in a game that will be largely remembered for Alisson's howler that allowed Rachid Ghezzal to get the Foxes back into the game.

As it turned out, goals from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino proved sufficient and Jurgen Klopp's men remain top of the table.

The overwhelming feeling will be one of relief as the likes of Mo Salah and particularly Firmino, in spite of the Brazilian's goal, were not as clinical as usual.

At the other end of the pitch, the normally dependable Virgil van Dijk was disappointing too.

The Dutchman must take a significant portion of the blame for Alisson's error, as it was his backpass that left the stopper in an uncomfortable position with Kelechi Iheanacho closing him down.

However, one man who continues to impress is Van Dijk's centre-back partner Joe Gomez.

The 21-year-old was called up to Gareth Southgate's England squad earlier this week and put in another solid display to leave Liverpool fans very excited.

Carragher is impressed 

Speaking on Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher admitted he was surprised by how quickly he has developed since moving from right-back into the middle of the defence.

“Gomez did really well at right-back last season but it was always evident watching him he was a centre-back of the future," he said, quoted via the Express.

“Maybe I was thinking more of two or three years time. But he’s gone in there, he’s got his opportunity with Lovren having a slight injury, Matip the same, and it does look like a partnership going forward for Liverpool.

Gomez has been playing alongside Virgil van Dijk

“But we have to remember Gomez is still young, he will still have difficult games, ups and downs at centre-back.

“Why their partnership [with Van Dijk] is so good is the fact that they are both very quick players.

“That’s a huge factor now with centre-backs, certainly at the top sides now because at times they can be left exposed and you need that recovery pace to get you out of trouble."

Van Dijk might not be in Kopites' best books right now but the former Southampton defender has undoubtedly made a huge impact since his arrival in January.

Van Dijk was under par against Leicester but has helped Gomez develop

That has now extended to his shepherding of the young Gomez, who Carragher believes is benefiting from playing alongside such a top player.

“I think it works so well in that you have a great leader in Virgil van Dijk,” he added.

“I always feel when you have a player of that quality and more experience than your partner, you have to almost play your own game and some of his.

“I think that’s what he’s doing at this moment." 

What have you made of Gomez's performances so far this season? Have your say in the comments. 

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