At the start of the season, it was looking like Joe Gomez might be struggling to play regular football for Liverpool. His recent injury record and the improved form of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip had the England international sitting on the bench for 13 of the first 14 games of the Premier League season.
Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold was not only establishing himself as the best right-back in the Premier League but arguably Europe.
Gomez eventually battled his way back into the Liverpool regular starting XI by December and has since been in fine form. Liverpool have won every Premier League game in which Gomez has played and his recovery pace was sorely missed as an inspired Ismaila Sarr helped Watford inflict Liverpool’s first Premier League defeat of the campaign last month.
The pair together are a potent threat. Defensively, Gomez has the pace and the experience of playing at full-back to cover Alexander-Arnold, allowing him to be an increased threat in offence. It is part of the reason Alexander-Arnold has 14 assists this season. The more incredible statistic regarding this world-class pairing is the cost of them both. Alexander-Arnold came through the youth system whilst Gomez cost just £3.5 million from Charlton Athletic, according to The Guardian.
Of course, it is not only for Liverpool that this should be considered good news.
England could have a brilliant right-back, centre-back combo going forward that might rival some of the best in the world. Euro 2020 has been postponed, but by the time Euro 2021 has come around, this duo might have established themselves as firm favourites not just for
Jurgen Klopp but for Gareth Southgate.
Hopefully so, as it would give England the best chance of success going forward.