Joe Gomez shows his talent to help Liverpool to Club World Cup crown

Liverpool are Club World Cup champions after beating Copa Libertadores winners Flamengo 1-0 after extra time. Roberto Firmino scored the goal that saw the Reds add a third trophy in 2019 to their locker.

The Copa Libertadores holders proved a real handful for the Reds throughout the 120 minutes. The Brazilian side saw more of the ball and out-passed Klopp’s side in Qatar but the Premier League leaders were able to prevent their opponents from scoring.

The Liverpool defence was solid with all four members providing good performances. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson supplied their side with offensive and defensive work on the wings while Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk were excellent in dealing with Gabriel Barbosa. However, it was the English centre-back that outshone his other defensive partners.

Gomez was a big reason that Klopp’s side kept a clean sheet in the Club World Cup final. The Englishman looked solid throughout the game and he remained calm and composed during the two hours in Doha.

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The No.12 won the most aerial duels on the pitch winning eight out of his twelve attempted aerial battles. He was also able to complete more clearances than anyone else with six.

Against Flamengo, Gomez remained calm and composed — rarely did he misplace a pass as he finished the game with an accuracy of 90%. He made more long passes than anyone else at 16 and his 117 touches of the ball were more than any other player managed at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Not too long ago Gomez was Liverpool’s second-choice centre-half but injuries saw him fall behind Joël Matip and Dejan Lovren. However, since the Croatian and Cameroonian have been injured the English international has picked up his form and has returned to side.

Hopefully Gomez can maintain the form that he has found himself in as Liverpool currently have only two senior central defenders fit ahead of the trip to high-flying Leicester City on Boxing Day.

Scott Mason

Contributor. Irishman. Steve Finnan started my LFC love story.

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