Jurgen Klopp praises unexpected Liverpool star for

Jurgen Klopp heaped praise on Joe Gomez for his performance in Liverpool’s draw with Everton on Saturday afternoon. The England international came on ten minutes into the match after Virgil van Dijk was forced off through injury following a horrific tackle from Jordan Pickford.

Gomez, 23, started on the bench following a poor display in Liverpool’s 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa earlier this month.

Despite coming on in less than ideal circumstances, the centre-back acquitted himself well alongside Joel Matip, although he would’ve been disappointed not to have kept a clean sheet.

Klopp was quick to give Gomez his just dues in his post-match press conference, saying: “We did this in difficult circumstances, losing a player so early.

“Gomez was outstanding. Good game, shame about the result.”

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Gomez was outstanding

Jurgen Klopp

The first Merseyside Derby of the season – which took place a Goodison Park – ended in a 2-2 draw.

Liverpool thought’d they’d won it stoppage time when their skipper Jordan Henderson fired home after capitalising on an error from Pickford.

VAR, however, adjudged Sadio Mane to have been offside in the build-up and chalked the goal off.

Klopp slammed the video assistant referee’s decision after being asked to give his thoughts on Pickford’s horror tackle on van Dijk, saying: “I didn’t see it back, so you maybe can say more about this.

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“The only decision I saw back was now, only briefly in the dressing room, the Henderson goal and the pass for Sadio, and I didn’t see offside, sorry.

“Maybe somebody can explain it to me because the picture I saw was not offside. But it was offside because somebody decided it was.”

Although his side failed to leave their bitter rivals’ patch with all three points, Klopp was pleased with his troops’ display.

“The performance was top,” the German said. “I think you could see that was a top game, a good game from both teams.

“We were playing dominant against a side that is full of confidence, has a clear plan.

“We played a really, really good game, probably the best away game since I was at Liverpool we played at Goodison.”

Liverpool will be back in action on Wednesday night, travelling to Amsterdam to take on Ajax in their opening Champions League group match of the season.

The defending Premier League champions will resume domestic duties on Saturday night, welcoming Sheffield United to Anfield.

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