Danny Mills claims that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is unhappy with Joe Gomez’s performances on the training ground after his lack of games in recent weeks.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester City and England defender says the only explanation for Dejan Lovren being chosen ahead of the 22-year-old is that he is not impressing the boss behind the scenes.
Gomez has played seven times across all competitions for the Reds this season but has only two of those appearances have come in the starting XI in either the Premier League or Champions League.
Mills says that the young defender is an exceptional player but claims that his lack of appearances can only come down to how he is performing on the training pitch.
Mills told Football Insider: “We all expect Joe Gomez to go on to great things. He burst onto the scene and there’s no doubt he’s an exceptional talent but so far you see Matip has got himself first in line for the second centre-half pairing and then Lovren.
“Gomez is maybe going to have to up his game in training a little bit, keep working hard as he possibly can. (Is Klopp not seeing enough in training?) It has to be, I’m sure he’s played in behind-closed-door games and maybe under-23 games as well but this is a team at the top of the league.
“They’re doing outstandingly well and you can’t doubt Jurgen Klopp in any way, shape or form. As much as we’d love a young English player in Gomez to be starting, if the manager doesn’t think he’s not quite good enough, then you have to say the manager says he’s not quite good enough.”
While Gomez might have started Liverpool’s opening game of the Premier League season, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip have been Klopp’s first-choice pairing at the heart of the defence.
With the Cameroon defender ruled out in the midweek clash versus Genk, it was Dejan Lovren who was handed a place in the starting XI, Gomez coming on as a second-half substitute.
In other Liverpool news, Paul Robinson has been left astonished by Klopp’s decision over one Anfield ace.