Solid throughout Liverpool’s opening two matches, Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has staked a claim for a regular spot in the starting eleven. Although he’s only 18-years old, the former Charlton man has shown wisdom and positional sense beyond his years as the Reds kept a pair of clean sheets and picked up maximum points to start the season. That being said, a spot in the starting eleven against Arsenal was seen by many as too much, too soon, but he came through with flying colours.
“We had some great chances,” said the youngster, speaking to the press following the scoreless draw with the Gunners. “To come here to the Emirates, away from home, and dominate the way we did in the first half, it was disappointing not to have put them away,” he conceded, before quickly pointing out the obvious. “But it was a good result in the end.”
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No one is saying that he was perfect; to be fair, he was far from it, but when you take into consideration his age, where he was playing last year and his relative lack of first team — not to mention top flight — experience, you’d be a hard taskmaster to expect much more from him at this stage in the game.
“I’m enjoying it. To get our third clean sheet in a row is great for us as a back four and for Simon [Mignolet] as well,” enthused Gomez when asked about his run in the first team. “Simon showed his quality, especially with deflected [shots], so we’re lucky to have him behind us,” he said of the Belgian shot-stopper. “Hopefully we can continue that and start getting some more goals as well.”