There's no two ways about it, Joe Gomez has been superb for Liverpool this season.
Liverpool have made a perfect start to the new campaign with six wins in six and their defence has been a huge part of their success with Gomez and Virgil van Dijk holding strong at centre-back.
Although Gomez's quality has never been in doubt, fans had become accustomed to Dejan Lovren accompanying Van Dijk but have been pleasantly surprised by the new set-up.
The Reds have the best defensive record in the Premier League and despite being relatively new to a regular spot in the first-team, Gomez has looked more than settled in the spotlight.
Jurgen Klopp has certainly been impressed by the 21-year-old and remarked after the Brighton game in August: “He has been very good and today was a big test. I don't think he made one foul.
Gomez's brilliant run of form
“Joe did really well. He is a good footballer. I like how his confidence is growing as well. His speed is good, and there are a lot of nice things for us.”
"Joe can play both positions and that's cool, and he has played in a back three with England. We fill his CV step by step, all together."
Certainly high praise and given Liverpool's aspirations this season, Gomez finding himself in the starting XI is a serious compliment and sign of trust.
Liverpool fan's superb Gomez video
However, the more Gomez's performances are analysed, the more logical his place in the team proves and his style of play beautifully reflects that of Klopp's philosophy.
It's a theory more can corroborated by a Liverpool fan who compiled clips of Gomez this season after his showing against Paris Saint-Germain.
The footage focuses on an underrated features of the Englishman's game - his brilliant passing and ability to drive forward to feed the midfield.
Gomez doesn't simply pass along the backline, but takes on the strikers pressing him and attempts to start attacking moves from deep. Check out the video below:
There aren't many 21-year-old defenders with the courage to play like that.
Many of the clips come from the recent game with PSG, underlining how Gomez isn't deterred by big names such as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar when he's driving past the half-way line.
When so much of Liverpool's game is about high intensity and pressing, having centre-backs not afraid to show positive defending is a massive asset.
Couple that with sound defensive performances so far this season and Klopp is more than justified in maintaining the Van Dijk-Gomez partnership.
And it all once again reiterates the importance of Van Dijk since his £75 million move in January.
Not only has the Dutchman inspired vast improvements to the Liverpool defence personally, but he has brought the best out of those who play around him.
For that, Gomez can be incredibly grateful and the 2018-19 campaign could be a season he remembers for quite some time.
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