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Sport Klopp backs Gomez and Matip partnership to shine for Liverpool

14:10  24 october  2020
14:10  24 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have played 229 games at Liverpool between them - but have somehow never lined up together. 'It is football - it didn't become rocket science overnight': Jurgen Klopp backs Joe Gomez and Joel Matip partnership to shine for Liverpool in absence of injured Virgil

Matip is in an outstanding form as if it needs mentioning. While Joe Gomez clearly isn't. And yet Owen is sure that Klopp sees Gomez as an ideal partner for Van Dijk. "But over the last season or so, Matip has just, you can’t hardly drop him, if you do you’re resting him and bringing him straight back in.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip playing football on a field: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

Jurgen Klopp has backed Joe Gomez and Joel Matip to form a successful defensive partnership, despite the pair never starting a game together.

The German has been left with selection headaches following the news that Virgil Van Dijk is likely to miss the season with an ACL injury in a clash with Jordan Pickford during the Merseyside derby.

This has left Liverpool with just two recognised centre-backs in Matip and Gomez who have played 229 games between them - but have somehow never lined up together.

a man wearing a hat: Jurgen Klopp has been left with a selection headache after the injury to star man Virgil Van Dijk © Provided by Daily Mail Jurgen Klopp has been left with a selection headache after the injury to star man Virgil Van Dijk The Dutchman will likely be out for the season with an ACL injury sustained against Everton © Provided by Daily Mail The Dutchman will likely be out for the season with an ACL injury sustained against Everton

Ahead of Liverpool's match with Sheffield United, Klopp said in his pre-match conference that the pair will need to get used to each other.

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Klopp remains short of two centre- backs with Van Dijk and Joe Gomez likely to be out for most if not all the season with knee injuries. Liverpool 's accounts for the last financial year are due in the next month or so. They are expected to reflect the huge drop in revenue which has affected all clubs

With Lovren and Gomez now back in contention, Klopp has a tough decision to make ahead of the final weeks of the campaign. As such, should Klopp consider re-instating Lovren or Gomez ahead of Matip on a permanent basis? Goals conceded Since the start of Matip 's run in Liverpool 's starting XI

Klopp said: 'The reason for (why Gomez and Matip never played together) is because I think Virg played pretty much all the games and one of them was injured.

'As long as Dejan Lovren was still here and Dejan was in that moment fit (he could play).


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'I didn't know they had never played together, I didn't know that, but they can play together – not a shadow of a doubt.

'As I said for the Fabinho and Joe pairing, they need to get used to each other and the full-backs need to get used to them.

'The more stability you have in this line, the better. We never had that really, especially one position was always with a lot of changes. They will fight together, there is no doubt about that.

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Van Dijk and Gomez are long-term absentees and Matip has battled fitness issues, forcing Klopp to use midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson at centre- back . Liverpool have been destabilised as a result, but Klopp has been unable to convince his employers to bring in a replacement so far during

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'It is football and it didn't become rocket science overnight. We can help them with information but then they will get tested every three days, that's the situation.'

a man playing a game of football: Joe Gomez impressed in a partnership with Fabinho during Liverpool's 1-0 win over Ajax © Provided by Daily Mail Joe Gomez impressed in a partnership with Fabinho during Liverpool's 1-0 win over Ajax a crowd of people watching a football ball: Joel Matip could also form a partnership with Gomez, despite the pair never playing together © Provided by Daily Mail Joel Matip could also form a partnership with Gomez, despite the pair never playing together

Van Dijk's injury was a bitter blow to Liverpool's hopes of retaining the Premier League.

It leaves them with Gomez and Matip who both have a history of injuries - with the latter struggling for fitness since football resumed in June.

The pair might still have a battle on their hands to start with Fabinho another option for Klopp's Liverpool.

The Brazilian produced magnificent displays in recent victories over Chelsea and Ajax as a makeshift centre-back and is likely to be the man to fill the void left by Van Dijk.

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