Joe Gomez’s tackle against Lucas Moura was one of the defining moments of the victory over Spurs on Saturday lunchtime.
The young Englishman showed crazy pace to catch up with the Brazilian forward and then tackle him, earning plaudits from Liverpool fans everywhere.
But not many spotted Virgil van Dijk’s reaction to it!
So impressed was the Dutchman that he begins shaking his head and clapping his partner!
This tackle by Gomez 👏 pic.twitter.com/cY9EQNzRhL
— Ticure (@Ticure1) September 15, 2018
We also loved this tweet from Tony Barrett about the 21-year-old…
Everyone focuses on goals as highlights but Joe Gomez’s tackle on Lucas Moura was the moment of the Spurs v Liverpool game. I’d say Bobby Moore never tackled like that but I know Twitter would take it seriously.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarrett) September 15, 2018
The real beauty is their ability as a duo, though, as the stats prove:
Joe Gomez & Virgil van Dijk vs Spurs
6/9 aerial duels
Dribbled past once
These 2 😍 pic.twitter.com/tpV9XGBEav
— LFC Stats (@LFCData) September 15, 2018
There is absolutely no way Dejan Lovren is getting back into Liverpool’s first-choice XI right now.
The Croat was shortlisted for the FIFPRO World XI, due to his performances in the Champions League and World Cup, but the reality is that he’ll have to make do with a spot on the bench until an injury strikes one of van Dijk or Gomez.
We do of course have games where rotation is necessary, but in the Premier League, we’d like the current partnership to play all 38 games!