Joe Gomez has given insight into Liverpool, but the new challenge is the most difficult to date

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Ian Doyle – 7

Gomez appeared to have received the seal of approval when he was named to Joel Matip as central defender for the Liverpool Community Shield clash against Manchester City and the opening of the Premier League home in Norwich City.

But it says a lot that his next start to the championship didn’t happen until mid-December.

Gomez was quickly usurped by Matip and then Dejan Lovren, his cause not being helped by a fickle display during the Champions League home win against RB Salzburg in October.

However, after being offered a second chance by injury to his rivals, Gomez finally discovered his form to settle again as Virgil van Dijk’s partner of choice.

It should be noted that Liverpool’s only Premier League defeat this season at Watford came when Gomez was not available.

Still only 22, there is still much to come from the English international. Not the perfect season so far, but another one he can rely on.

Joe Rimmer – 8

It says a lot that Joe Gomez gets an 8 for essentially half the work of a season.

But that was the shape of the 22-year-old young man many doubt.

In many ways, this season was the reverse of Gomez’s last campaign. Leaving as a partner of Virgil van Dijk, he lost his spot to Joel Matip in a league game and was forced to wait until December to return to the side.

But what a return it was.

Gomez returned calmer and more mature, attributes which, added to his raw physical skills, make him one of the best central defenders in the country.

No wonder Liverpool’s defense tightened when Gomez returned to the side and is now firmly established as a partner for Van Dijk.

Indeed, Liverpool kept seven consecutive blank sheets when Gomez returned to the side in winter.

Such a form could be a glimpse of what fans can expect in the long term for this partnership.

The challenge now is to stay in shape and put everything in place next season, it is the most difficult challenge for him. Do this and Liverpool will be defended for years to come.

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Connor Dunn – 7/8

It has almost been a two-half season for Joe Gomez this quarter.

In the first, he seemed ready to continue in the good shape he had displayed in the previous campaign, but his chances in the starting eleven were ultimately rare with the rise of Joel Matip then Dejan Lovren.

In the latter, however, the 22-year-old was simply excellent – grabbing his second opportunity and not looking back.

His displays have sometimes even exceeded Virgil van Dijk at the heart of the defense and the pace he has, coupled with his ability to play ball, defensive and reading the match are to be admired.

There is so much to wait for with its development which is just beginning and this has made it difficult to choose between a seven and an eight.

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