"He is a rare talent" - Garth Crooks on Liverpool defender

Pundit Garth Crooks praised Joe Gomez's versatility after Liverpool's 2-0 win over Watford at Anfield last weekend.

The Englishman is a centre-back by trade. But, Gomez played at right-back against Watford for 90 minutes.

The 24-year-old performed well during the Premier League clash. Gomez registered an assist and a WhoScored player rating of 7.72 against the Hornets.

With that being the case, Crooks had plenty of good things to say about the defender post-match.

As quoted by Anfield Watch's Twitter account, the pundit told the BBC the following: “There are very few English defenders who can play anywhere across the back four but Gomez can. He is a rare talent and on his day quite brilliant.”

Anfield Watch Verdict

Gomez is a very good footballer. As Crooks said, the Englishman can play anywhere in defence. Versatility is not a trait that every player possesses.

Unfortunately, Gomez has been linked with a move away from Anfield due to a lack of opportunities.

The 24-year-old is behind the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson for a place in Liverpool's back four.

The only reason Gomez played against Watford last weekend was due to Alexander-Arnold's unavailability (injury).

Despite being fit for the entire 2021-22 campaign, he has only made 16 appearances for Liverpool's first-team.

We do hope that Gomez hangs around, as he is a quality player. But, if he doesn't start getting more game time, we could see him engineering a move away from Anfield.

Gomez is about to enter his prime years as a footballer. We highly doubt that he wants to sit around and wait until an injury occurs or someone departs.

Hopefully Gomez hangs around. Only time will tell where his long-term future lies.

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