While Virgil van Dijk often takes the limelight, Joe Gomez has also been responsible for Liverpool’s defensive prowess over the last two seasons.
Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren have partnered Van Dijk with mixed success, but Jurgen Klopp’s side look a lot stronger with Gomez in the team.
We’ve taken a closer look at Liverpool’s Premier League record with and without the England international starting at centre-back since the start of the 2018-19 season.
Win rate: 90.9%
Loss rate: 0%
Points per game: 2.72
Goals conceded per game: 0.4
Clean sheet ratio: 63.6%
Liverpool have never lost a Premier League game Joe Gomez has started at centre-back. He joined in 2015. (They have lost PL games he has started at right-back or left-back, but none since January 2018).
— Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) March 6, 2020
Win rate: 81.4%
Loss rate: 4.7%
Points per game: 2.58
Goals conceded per game: 0.7
Clean sheet ratio: 39.5%
As you can see, Liverpool have been in incredible form over the last two seasons but their record is even better when Gomez is in the team.
Their win rate and points per game are higher when Gomez starts compared to when he isn’t in the starting line-up, and he hasn’t lost a Premier League game in over two years.
It is also notable that Liverpool concede fewer goals per game and keep clean sheets on a fairly regular basis when Gomez plays from the start.