Exclusive: Paul Robinson astonished by Klopp decision over Liverpool international

Paul Robinson admits he is astonished with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp’s decision to play Dejan Lovren ahead of Joe Gomez in recent weeks.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England goalkeeper says that he would have though the Croatian would be the German’s fourth choice in the pecking order at Anfield, with Gomez, Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk ahead of him.

While Matip and van Dijk have been Klopp’s first-choice pairing for the majority of the campaign, Lovren was chosen to start against Genk in the Champions League, having also been named among the starting XI for the win over Leicester City.

With Gomez having failed to start a single game since the 4-3 win over RB Salzburg at the start of October, Robinson revealed his shock at the decision to hand Lovren a starting role in recent weeks.

Asked if he was surprised by the Croatian’s game time, Robinson told Football Insider: “Yes, very much so. I think Joe Gomez will be disappointed by the amount of game time he’s got this year.

“I think that’s down to the form of Joel Matip, I think he’s been outstanding this year alongside van Dijk so there’s a reason he hasn’t played. 

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“Lovren I wouldn’t see as a regular starter for Liverpool, I’d put him as fourth out of the four options they’ve got. At the moment you’d play van Dijk and Matip, just because of form. Joe Gomez would be the next one and then Lovren would be the other option.”

Despite starting the very first Premier League game of the season, Gomez has just one minute in the league since the opening day, while he came on as a substitute for just under 30 minutes against Genk.

All three of Lovren’s appearances this season have seen him play the full 90 minutes.

In other Liverpool news, Robinson was left gobsmacked by a “phenomenal” sight in the win over Genk.