Liverpool’s best centre-half is Joe Gomez – Sherwood

Date published: Thursday 16th November 2017 11:52

Joe Gomez is Liverpool’s best centre-half, according to Tim Sherwood.

Gomez made his England debut against Germany last week, impressing in both that game and on his first start for his country against Brazil. He was the biggest mover on our England ladder.

The 20-year-old has played 12 games for Liverpool so far this season, but almost all have come at right-back.

He has featured once at centre-half, in the 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat to Leicester, but calls for him to receive an extended run of games in that position for the Reds have intensified after his displays for England.

Liverpool have struggled at centre-half this season, with Dejan Lovren attracting criticism and Joel Matip also struggling, and so Gomez could be a realistic alternative.

“Normally you have to play for your clubs to play for England, but Gareth is doing it the other way,” Sherwood told Sky Sports’ The Debate.

“He knows the players better than their club managers know them, which is strange.

“He recognises the boys aren’t getting opportunities but he knows they’re good enough from working at the U21s.

“He’s having to put them in the England squad to embarrass those clubs, who will then put them in their starting line-up.

“Every young English player will be encouraged by the fact the manager is taking note if they perform. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t played 200 games – you can only play three or four.

“If you asked me who the best centre-half is at Liverpool at the moment, I’d tell you Joe Gomez. But is he going to get an opportunity to play ahead of some other players – I’d suggest he’s going to get limited game time.”

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