One player who has not been marked as “top class” is Joe Gomez. His presence alone has even concealed the highly rated defender Virgil van Dijk. How he came into the defensive position, however, was due to the absence of Dejan Lovren.
It appears that Joe Gomez has stamped his authority in the starting XI while Lovren who finished second with his teammates in Russia may be afterwards considered the second favourite in Klopp’s pecking order.
Well, that may not be the case with Kyle Walker. Southgate enjoyed a World Cup season that saw his fresh players finished fourth. He used 3:4:3 formation to fit in both Walker and Kieran Trippier.
Walker was able to use his agility to get up and down. He was able to cancel preceding errors that would have led to goals during the World Cup campaign.
Gomez has shown notable qualities that he himself can secure a defensive line.
Southgate may start considering him as a backup or first choice because of his influence so far or maybe a switch could be considered by placing Walker on the right back and suiting Gomez with Stone and Maguire.
This may be a Herculean task for the manager because Trippier has gotten to his peak under Mauricio Pochettino.
He scored a wonderful free-kick at the World Cup and he remains the regular free kick first choice under Southgate.
He repeated similar version two weeks ago when he scored a powerful free kick against Fulham.
Walker, however, has shown that his presence cannot just be considered as a defender. He scored a vital goal against Newcastle United in what brought a crescendo of noise at the Etihad.
Whatever the case may be, Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that Gomez doesn’t experience another international break injury, because he’s been a crux part of his side.