With an optimistic Joe Gomez, Liverpool is looking to take a big step against Crystal Palace toward Premier League glory. Joe Gomez believes that Liverpool’s battle with the Crystal Palace on Wednesday was positive after their Merseyside derby draws with Everton. With eight games to go, Liverpool is 20 points clear of Manchester City as they close in on their first title in a Premier League period.
Following the coronavirus lockout on Sunday, Liverpool drew away 0-0 to rivals Everton in their first match back and welcomed Palace to Anfield next.
England ‘s international Gomez had to step in left-back when he came in for the injured James Milner, who had already replaced Andy Robertson as a regular starter.
Gomez told the website of the club: “Unfortunately we didn’t get the three points but at the end of the day, it was a step closer. I think the familiarization [of Anfield and having played the first game without fans] will help us in the next performance. This will be a tough game but hopefully, we can build on it.”
Gomez made a crucial contribution by deflecting a Tom Davies shot onto the post as Everton launched a late flurry of attacks, but he felt Liverpool was the better side as they got ready to face Palace.
He said: “It was a moment of heart-in-mouth, moments like that I think it’s just instinct, it could go either direction-a few centimeters and it would have been a different outcome. They had quite a few good opportunities but we like to think we came out winning the game. There are certainly positive points that we can take from it, it’s just about building on that now.”
Gomez added in his change of position: “It was weird. It wasn’t expected, and obviously, I’m no Robbo. But sometimes it’s part and parcel of the game you have to do everything you can to help the team and get your result. Everyone knows that Robbo is our main man, but I’ve learned to adapt in a way, and full-back is a position I’ve been playing, though mainly right.”
In his pre-match media conference, Jurgen Klopp reported that Robertson was back in training, and thus in contention to face Palace.