Noel Whelan has urged Newcastle to move for Joe Gomez over Everton’s Ben Godfrey, if given the opportunity to.
A number of Premier League outfits have been linked to the Liverpool defender in recent months, with minutes hard to come by for the England international.
“Oh god, yeah – absolutely. He’s more proven at the top level, he’s had more international recognition – and he’s a player well worth around that £25million mark,” the former Leeds United star told Football Insider.
“Yes, he’s had his injury problems. But time is on his side, and I believe he is a player who would excite those fans.
“He’s more consistent, and he gives you a really good option at centre-back and right-back. He can play in a three at the back as well.
“If you’re giving me a choice between Godfrey and Gomez, I’m going for the latter every day of the week.”
The centre-half did feature in the Reds’ 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, though has only racked up just over 700 minutes of football this term.
As Jurgen Klopp has been keen to remind commentators, it’s certainly though no fault of the 24-year-old that there’s been a lack of opportunities, with the positive form of Joel Matip often keeping out both Ibrahima Konate and our fourth-choice centre-half.
To allow Gomez to leave on a permanent deal in the summer, however, would rightly be considered the height of insanity given this was a player who successfully partnered Virgil van Dijk in our title-winning campaign.
That being said, if it comes down to the player looking for a move for a better guarantee of minutes, that could very well change where Liverpool stand on the matter.