Alan Hutton has claimed that Joe Gomez is struggling to consistently play at a high level for Liverpool.
The England international was sensational in the 1-0 win over Manchester City, though he has struggled to deliver on the pitch since then.
“We know he’s a good player, but when you’re at Liverpool you have to play at a high level, consistently, week in and week out,” the former Aston Villa star told Football Insider.
“Sometimes you’re under the microscope and I think that’s where their problems come from, that consistency. Maybe it just goes off every once in a while.
“This Liverpool team is not used to being attacked so much with the defense under so much pressure.
“With Konate coming back breathing down his neck, you feel for Gomez, but you need to play at a high level week in and week out to stay on the team.”
The arrival of Ibrahima Konate, following his return from injury, brought some much-needed solidity to the backline, which is likely to cost No.2 his place in the starting XI when they take on Tottenham on Sunday.
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We know there is a world-class player in the former Charlton Athletic youth prospect, although a lack of consistency means he is at a considerable disadvantage when it comes to his competition for the job.
It’s a positive sign of the quality and depth at our disposal when it comes to central defense positions and the competition can only be a good thing for Gomez going forward.
Hopefully he can discover some consistency in English and allow him to give Jurgen Klopp a headache at his backline once again.
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