Alan Shearer admits Joe Gomez caught the eye yet again as Liverpool extended their unbeaten run on Saturday.
The defender continued his outstanding start to the campaign to help the Reds move level with Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with a 1-0 win over Huddersfield.
Gomez was unfazed by another switch to right-back in the absence of substitute Trent Alexander-Arnold, with his preferred centre-back role being occupied by Dejan Lovren.
The Englishman registered another unflinching performance for the Reds, imposing an increasingly-familiar blend of veteran composure and aerial authority.
He also flaunted his talent on the ball, providing the incisive forward pass to kick-start the move that ended in Mohamed Salah breaking the deadlock.
Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer said: “I was thoroughly impressed with him again today. It wasn’t a classic performance from Liverpool but this guy stood out again.”
“Cool, calm, he’s got pace to get across the ground and cover situations so quickly.”
“He starts off the move for the goal. As a forward you want the ball fizzed into you because it’s easier to control. The pass to Shaqiri is exactly that and then it makes it easy for him to play in Salah.”
“His distribution again was excellent and I thought everything about him was great today.”
It was a shame to see Gomez split from Virgil van Dijk again amid their emergence as one of the Premier League’s most accomplished centre-back partnerships.
For him to excel regardless of his positioning was testament to the development of his tactical awareness, decision-making and positional discipline.
Besides registering another defensively solid outing, he rarely shied from fulfilling a conventional full-back’s duty to contribute going forward.
Gomez proved a classy feature of a somewhat ugly win.