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Did Liverpool’s big midfield summer spend recruit a better player than Andre Gomes?

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Did Liverpool’s big midfield summer spend recruit a better player than Andre Gomes?

Jurgen Klopp spent big money during the summer to bring both Fabinho and Naby Keita to Anfield, but neither man has produced a performance as Andre Gomes’ display at Anfield on Sunday.

Everton may have lost the Merseyside derby on Sunday in bizarre circumstances but their supporters will have been heartened by the way their side played at Anfield.

Too often in the past, Toffees sides have gone into their biggest match of the season on decent form but it has all crumbled away under the pressure of derby day.

That was a huge test for Marco Silva’s Goodison Park revolution and the fact that they passed it and held their own on the turf of their biggest rivals was largely down to the performance of Andre Gomes.

Brought in on loan from Barcelona in the summer, Everton are reportedly increasingly confident of tying him down to a permanent contract, which begs a major question.

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Jurgen Klopp spent big on Naby Keita and Fabinho to boost his midfield options in the summer, but is either man as good as Gomes?

 

Of course, the German looks for a different profile of midfielder, but Gomes followed Marco Verratti in setting the tempo of a frantic match against the Reds, so the comparison is fair.

Klopp has assembled a hugely-energetic array of midfield options, but lacks a playmaker who can dictate games from deep.

His high-pressing system generally creates the chances a playmaker would, but as Klopp looks to have slowed the tempo of his side down to protect their legs over a long season, a player in Gomes’ mould would be handy.

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