Published On: Fri, Sep 14th, 2018

Liverpool news: Jamie Carragher blasts Joe Gomez and Rio Ferdinand comparison claims | Football | Sport


Gomez was expected to be in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup but he was forced to miss the tournament after suffering an ankle injury which required surgery.

The Liverpool ace has since returned to fitness and enjoyed an excellent start to the season.

Gomez has been part of a Liverpool backline which has conceded just once this season.

And his displays have led to comparisons with Rio Ferdinand and England’s World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore.

But Carragher believes Gomez has much more to do before he can be compared with two of England’s best ever defenders.

Carragher told The Telegraph: “Although he played at right-back a year ago, since assuming his favoured position Gomez has been likened to Bobby Moore and Rio Ferdinand.

“This is stupidly premature, over the top praise.

“Gomez could become a top player, but to get there he will need to overcome sterner tests than Selhurst Park and the King Power Stadium.”

Earlier this month, Gomez admitted comparisons with Moore were not ideal.

He told The Guardian: “I’m obviously flattered by something like that but that’s a lot to live up to.

“I wouldn’t take that on my shoulders, I don’t think.”

Gomez’s manager Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of the defender and hailed his relationship with Virgil van Dijk.

“Joe has big potential, I’m happy, but more interested in his performance tomorrow [against Spurs]. We have to deliver week in, week out,” Klopp said.

“Both [Gomez and Van Dijk] like each other. It’s a good relationship.

“They like to play together. Virgil’s presence helps.

“If Joe is not a fantastic footballer, it would not help. If you play with Van Dijk, it wouldn’t work.”



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Liverpool news: Jamie Carragher blasts Joe Gomez and Rio Ferdinand comparison claims | Football | Sport