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Woodgate expected Gomez to be taken off at half-time in Liverpool loss
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Woodgate expected Gomez to be taken off at half-time in Liverpool loss

Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Sport that he would not be surprised to see Joe Gomez taken off at half-time of Liverpool’s clash with Napoli on Wednesday just half an hour into their Champions League opener.

The Reds endured a miserable night in Italy. Jurgen Klopp’s men were completely blown away by the Serie A side at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

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Napoli were 3-0 up before the interval. And they had a golden opportunity to potentially make the scoreline even more embarrassing for the Premier League side.

Victor Osimhen saw his penalty saved 18 minutes in. But the reprieve was short-lived for Liverpool. They were completely taken apart. And it was a nightmare evening for their entire squad.

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But Woodgate was particularly concerned by Gomez’s performance. In fact, the retired defender called the centre-back’s substitution just after the half-hour mark when the scoreline was 2-0.

“Napoli have been absolutely destroying Liverpool. It could be 4-0 in this first half. It wouldn’t surprise me if Joe Gomez gets taken off at half-time, he’s finding it tough,” he told BBC Sport.

Gomez taken off at half-time

It was a very grim night for the whole Liverpool squad. And with that, Klopp will surely be reluctant to be too critical of one single player in public.

The worry is that Gomez is struggling to recapture the form he showed before his long-term injury. He spent much of last season down the pecking order behind Joel Matip. And he failed to stake a claim for more game-time on Wednesday.

But unfortunately, Gomez is not the only Liverpool player struggling by any means. It has been a really poor start to the season. And Klopp must be wondering how exactly he is going to drag the Reds out of their current rut.

It is almost frightening to see just how far off it his side appear to be in the opening stages of this campaign.

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