Michael Owen says Liverpool 24-year-old made a big mistake last night
Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has blamed Joe Gomez for his part in Porto’s goal in the Champions League last night.
Liverpool took on the Dragons in Portugal and Jurgen Klopp’s men ran riot. The Reds smashed five past Porto, but substitute Gomez’s mistake in the 74th minute cost Alisson Becker his clean sheet.
Gomez came on for James Milner in the second half last night. The 24-year-old was forced to play in an unnatural right-back position, but his error came inside the box in an area where he really should’ve done better.
Michael Owen blames Joe Gomez for Porto’s goal
Owen was asked about Mehdi Taremi’s goal for Porto and the former Real Madrid man was quick to point the finger at Gomez. He claimed that once the defender got on the wrong side of the striker, there was no way back for him.
Asked if Gomez should’ve done better, Owen said on BT Sport right after the game: “He should have! Once he got the wrong side of him, there’s no way back – certainly with a centre-forward of that size.
“If you get on the wrong side, you’re pinned and you’re a goner. He [Joe Gomez] squeezed out on the wrong side.”
Should Gomez start against Manchester City?
Liverpool host the champions this weekend in what will be one of their toughest games of the season yet. They will have to be at their absolute best on Sunday, but Klopp is expected to be without Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back.
That leaves the Reds with just two choices – Gomez or James Milner. The latter started against Porto and was solid. The former has played at right full-back in the past and Klopp could potentially turn to him again.
However, the Liverpool boss took Milner off before the hour mark last night. That makes us assume that Klopp was saving the Englishman for Sunday and that he will be the one starting at right-back against Manchester City.
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