Arsenal legend calls out Klopp over Gomez treatment

Date published: Wednesday 22nd August 2018 9:42

Jurgen Klopp ‘is not fully convinced’ by Liverpool’s new central defensive partnership, according to Martin Keown.

Liverpool are the only Premier League side to start the season with two clean sheets, beating both West Ham and Crystal Palace to nil.

The arrival of Alisson for a then-world-record fee for a goalkeeper has engendered an improvement in defence, but a new pairing at centre-half has also helped.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have started the season together due to injuries to Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip, and both have impressed.

Keown feels ‘they have the potential to become one of the greatest pairings the¬†Premier League has ever seen.’

The pundit added, in his Daily Mail column, that Van Dijk and Gomez ‘have the attributes’ to deal with any forward.

But he has expressed doubts as to whether Klopp is ‘fully convinced’ by the pairing just yet.

‘When Palace had a goal kick on Monday night, Benteke would stand on Gomez,’ Keown said.

‘Rather than let him deal with the striker, Van Dijk – who is two inches taller than his partner – would come across to head the ball away.

‘I was two inches shorter than Tony Adams but backed myself to win every header that came my way.

‘It would have been Klopp’s call to put Van Dijk on Benteke but he must be careful not to damage Gomez’s confidence.’

 


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