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Jürgen Klopp experimented with Joe Gomez playing left-back against Luton is not a move that paid off ahead of the Man City fixture this month

Nov 8, 2023 #Gomez, #Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool experiment definitely didn’t pay off as Jürgen Klopp faces Man City decision

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp experimented with Joe Gomez playing left-back against Luton.

It wasn’t a move that paid off ahead of the Man City fixture this month..

For the first time since 2015, Joe Gomez played at left-back for Liverpool over the weekend, selected ahead of Kostas Tsimikas for the trip to Luton Town.

It was a decision that could have been taken for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, Tsimikas had been required against Bournemouth a few days earlier.

Gomez’s height and aerial ability may also have played a role in manager Jurgen Klopp’s consideration.

Perhaps most importantly, the 26-year-old could be the best option in the position when Liverpool travel to Manchester City in the coming weeks.

Klopp and Gomez

But in the end, the decision to play Gomez against Luton, who are no different from Josep Guardiola’s side, backfired.

For much of the game, Liverpool lacked width and Gomez didn’t look completely comfortable.

But if he had started the game, Liverpool might have been able to score a few more tries and at least move forward with a little more fluidity.

The left-footed left-back is important for balance and playmaking.

So what will happen to Gomez’s experiment? It doesn’t make much sense for him to play in games against weaker teams.

We may not be having such an argument, even if we have to admit that Darwin Nunez et al are doing slightly better.

Even with Gomez at full-back, Liverpool still had a good chance of winning the game.

Against Manchester City, especially away games, it might make sense for Liverpool to choose a centre-back who can break in at times to form a back three.

It’s a risk if you haven’t tried it yet, but at the same time it didn’t work here.

Is next weekend’s game against Brentford worth another try? perhaps. Tsimikas played against Toulouse in midweek and could come on as a substitute again after that, and given Thomas Frank’s side’s strength at set-pieces, Gomez could be worth using there.

But in the end, it was the last reminder of how much Andy Robertson would be missed.

Liverpool might have just handed a new contract to Tsimikas, but neither he nor Gomez are ideal understudies for different reasons.

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