Before the clash between Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, Liverpool fans were tentative about how PSG’s trio could cause mayhem in their defensive backline.
It is now glaring that football has moved away from the traditional requirement of experienced players to young talents with fresh ideas.
A lot of plaudits were expecting adroit Neymar to break ankles with his skills; Kylian Mbappe to make swift runs on counterattacks; Edison Cavani to intelligently run behind strikers but we didn’t see most of that.
We may want to under-estimate PSG manager’s quality but Tuchel definitely came with a game plan and most attention would have been focused on the front three.
One player who perhaps got the most credit at the back-line was Joe Gomez who was very conservative and cautious in the defense.
How he managed to pair with world class defender Virgil Van Dijk was extraordinary, keeping offside traps, appeared calm and listened to all microscopic details issued by his manager.
Gomez has caught the eyes of fans outside Anfield when one member who used Arsenal player, praised the beauty of Gomez after receiving a post from him.
More often than not, van Dijk pushed forward to assist the midfielders while Robertson was always marauding the left wing, Trent Alexander-Arnold was supporting and moving around Neymar, but Gomez maintained a fix position while keeping the lines.
He was a Steel at the defense, calculative and always pacified with the ball.
There was never going to be a better man that can pair with the Netherlands captain because of his form- coupled with the fact that he’s young, it means Liverpool have dug for a diamond that will reign for many years.