Virgil van Dijk’s partnership with fellow centre-back Joe Gomez once again bore fruit for Liverpool during their hard fought 2-0 win against Crystal Palace.
While the calmness and assurance of the experienced Dutchman was nothing unexpected, Gomez impressed with his intelligent reading of the game and stood up to Palace’s physicality with some powerful tackles.
Van Dijk is widely known as one of the best defenders in the world and was seen encouraging the 21-year-old Gomez throughout the game as the pair kept opposition forwards at bay.
Manager Jurgen Klopp’s faith in the young England international is reaping rich rewards and with performances like these, Gomez looks set for a permanent place in the XI even after Dejan Lovren regains full fitness.
The youngster’s impressive display will surely excite Liverpool fans and so will a moment captured after the match that shows Klopp and Van Dijk reacting like proud parents, indicating how happy they are with his development.
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