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Gomez or Moreno? Who Should Be Klopp’s First Choice Left Back?

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Alberto Moreno has been Liverpool’s first choice left back for two seasons now. Last season though, Liverpool started with Joe Gomez as their first choice left back. But the England U21 international suffered a knee injury while on international duty and missed almost the complete season. Due to Gomez’s injury, Alberto Moreno was drafted into the starting XI.

Moreno had a below par last season as he was guilty of committing many defensive errors. Moreno was quite good going forward but he could not fulfill his defensive duties. He left huge gaps at the back which allowed opposition to attack down the flank. Moreno made excellent runs down the left wing and linked up well with Coutinho. He also has a very good left foot and isn’t afraid of shooting from a distance. But the problem came while defending counters. He was unable to cover up the gaps and teams normally exploited those gaps. The Europa League final was Moreno’s worst match as he was responsible for 2 of the 3 goals that Liverpool conceded. He clearly showed that Liverpool need to sign a left back who can fulfill his defensive duties well.


Joe Gomez could only make 5 appearances for Liverpool before he got injured. Jurgen Klopp had just taken over as Liverpool’s head coach when Gomez suffered his injury and was ruled out for the complete season. Liverpool had started the season with Gomez as their first choice left back and he did not disappoint. At 19, Joe Gomez has his best years waiting for him under Klopp. The German manager is known to develop youngsters into world class players. Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus are just a few examples. Joe Gomez is more stable than Moreno while defending and he is also quick. He can cover ground quickly and that helps him during counters. Gomez can also propel attacks from the left with his pace.

If we compare Moreno and Gomez, Moreno is more experienced and he is more threatening during attacks. But Gomez is better defensively and he did show that he can develop into a proper full back. Moreno was given a lot of chances but he did not improve his defensive game. So Klopp should make Gomez his first choice left back. Flanagan is also good at the left back position but Liverpool need to sign a proper left back. If the club fails to sign a proper left back, Gomez could be the only safe option for Klopp. It has to be seen how long can Gomez stay injury free and if he can, then under Klopp, Gomez has a great chance of developing into a proper left back.

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