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Klopp’s to start ‘phenomenal’ Liverpool superstar for the first time this season against Man United

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Klopp’s to start ‘phenomenal’ Liverpool superstar for the first time this season against Man United

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will give Joe Gomez his first start of the season against Manchester United on Monday.

 The Athletic reports on this. 

According to reports, Gomez will start for Liverpool against Manchester United after participating in a ‘full’ training session yesterday.

The 25-year-old wasn’t fit enough to start Liverpool’s last game against Crystal Palace. He’s now ready to go after a good half-hour cameo.

The massive match on Monday, however, will reportedly come too soon for fellow center-back Joel Matip.

However, The Athletic has some good news in that department as well, reporting that Matip did some ‘light work’ on the grass.

This is fantastic news for both Liverpool and Gomez. Going to Old Trafford with Nat Phillips expected to do a job again would have been risky for The Reds.

That is not meant to be disrespectful to Phillips. He’s been an excellent servant to Liverpool and performed admirably on Monday. However, his presence in the backline may have cost Liverpool a goal as well.

Gomez is a class above. When he came on earlier this week at Anfield, the Reds appeared to gain confidence almost immediately. It was a polished performance from a player who is clearly part of the club’s long-term plans.

Personally, Gomez needs to stay fit in order to reclaim his spot on the team.

Although he is now in the starting lineup, he was only fourth choice a few weeks ago.

Matip and Ibrahima Konate have leapfrogged him in the pecking order. This is now an excellent opportunity for him to strike back.

If he performs well, he has a good chance of regaining his place as Klopp’s first choice to play alongside Virgil Van Dijk. 

The Liverpool manager already adores him, describing him as ‘phenomenal’ last month on liverpoolfc.com.

Klopp might not need much convincing after all. But Gomez still needs to get off to a good start at Old Trafford on Monday.

United has been abysmal so far this season, but they’ll be back next week.

They still pose a significant threat with players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho on the team. Fortunately, Liverpool should now have the personnel in place to deal with that.

Klopp’s to start ‘phenomenal’ Liverpool superstar for the first time this season against Man United

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