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26-year-old’s place in the Liverpool team is now in danger, he needs a big performance today



Liverpool’s game against Arsenal today is a big one in the context of the Premier League title race.

If the Reds win, they’ll move eight points ahead of Manchester City, Aston Villa and indeed the Gunners themselves. Lose, and the gap will be down to two points, opening the door for City to go top with two games in hand.

Aside from that though, there are a few little side stories at play in the Liverpool team. With players now returning to fitness, Jurgen Klopp’s squad is virtually full strength. Thiago Alcantara is the big one, finally back from almost a year out. However, we don’t think Thiago will get out on the pitch tomorrow, as much as we’d love to see that.

One player who will be itching to start though is Andy Robertson. The left-back made his return last weekend against Norwich City, but had to make do with a place on the bench that day, and midweek against Chelsea.

Normally, Robbo would be thrown straight back in, no questions asked. But such has been the form of Joe Gomez of late, the Scotland captain is being made to work for it.

In our opinion, Gomez has made himself undroppable in Robertson’s absence. With the first choice banging at the door though, today is a big day for Joe.

Gomez fighting for his place

Few would have expected Liverpool would have been in this position a month or so ago. Without Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas, the plan was for Gomez to simply make it through unscathed.

Instead, the 26-year-old has been one of the Reds’ top two or three performers ever since.

Given the size of today’s game, the momentum Gomez has and the fact that Robertson only has 56 minutes in his legs since October, Liverpool’s No.2 deserves to go again at the Emirates.

But make no mistake, Robbo is still Klopp’s pick. And so he should be. The 29-year-old has been an absolute stalwart for the manager for more than seven years.

Although we think Jurgen will stick with Gomez for today, the pressure is now on the England international.

However, if he can step up and carry on going, then there’s no reason he can’t keep the shirt. As he’s likely to be face-to-face with Bukayo Saka, it’s the perfect audition for Gomez to lay down another big marker.

December’s reverse fixture with Arsenal was the Liverpool man’s first game at left-back in this little run. As Saka himself declared after the game, Gomez did well.

On the Gunners’ talisman’s home turf today, that challenge will be amplified further. Stand up tall, and Klopp will have no reason to change his left-back.

But anything other than a stand-out performance, and you’d imagine Robertson will be back for Burnley next week. Gomez has backed himself and come out swinging incredibly over the past six weeks. One more time to the well, Joe.

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