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Klopp Talk: Gomez and Van Dijk Play Exceptionally Well Together

The boss talks about the defender and his return from injury.

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Joe Gomez got his second start of the season against Watford this weekend after Dejan Lovren had multiple issues with his hamstring, and Joel Matip continues to recover from his knee injury. With two centre-backs out, Gomez’s return to form after breaking his leg last season has been a delight to watch for all of us who like having multiple defenders that are both talented and skilled. Klopp, unsurprisingly, is also a fan of this.

“In a very good team, which we obviously are, the train doesn’t wait,” Klopp said after the game and a relatively solid performance by Gomez. “That means other players showed up, and I don’t think anybody thought really we should put Joe on the bench. It is just that the boys are incredibly talented.”

“The boy is still young, that is not the reason - it’s just that you keep rhythm and you keep players together,” he added. “But Gomez and van Dijk, they like each other a lot, and they can play sensationally well together.”

When asked about Gomez’s performance against Watford in particular, Klopp had nothing but praise for his ability to limit Troy Deeney’s movement.

“And Watford was an especially difficult game - Deeney! - and how you can imagine they play one ball direction. And the balls that came into Virgil were only because of the wind, all the others came to Joe, and Deeney goes up.”

“Football-wise he’s an exceptional player, but against Watford you could see he had to fight, and fight to keep concentrated.”