Assuming he plays, Joe Gomez will make his 100th Premier League appearance against Manchester City.
He’s someone who’s come in for some stick recently, but we should remember just what good value he’s been since arriving from Charlton, and how much he’s grown despite set backs. At least, that’s how Jürgen Klopp sees it.
“He’s still young, so impressive number, impressive boy. Very good, very good,” the Liverpool manager explained, reported in This Is Anfield.
“He came here before me, so he’s here even longer than me. He played left-back, he played right-back, when Brendan (Rodgers) played with three in the back, different positions.
“He played together with Kolo Toure, Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, all these guys, then Dejan Lovren, Virgil Van Dijk, Joel Matip.
“So he had so many different partners but he was always the kid in the line pretty much and that changed now obviously completely.
“And how everybody [has to] in life, we have to grow in situations like this and he did that.
“He used the last few weeks obviously, pretty much thrown in cold water if you want, and used it really well.
“[He] did really well and I’m really happy about the performances he put in. Very important for us obviously.”
This is clearly a huge year for Gomez without Van Dijk. Can it be the making of him? Only time will tell.