Date: 1st November 2019 at 9:23am
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Paul Robinson admits he has been fuming to see Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp leaving Joe Gomez out of the side in favour of Dejan Lovren.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England goalkeeper admits he was pleased to see the German boss hand the English defender a start against Arsenal but insists he should have been playing more recently.

Gomez was part of the side that played out an enthralling 5-5 draw against the Gunners in the League Cup, Klopp and his men eventually triumphing on penalties.

Robinson says that it was a difficult game for the 22-year-old to step back into the starting XI for and argues that he should have been playing instead of Lovren in recent weeks.

Robinson told Football Insider: “I was please to see him get minutes but I was very disappointed to see Lovren had been selected ahead of him in recent weeks.

“As a centre-half those games are difficult because the teams are mixed up so much, you’re playing in defensive partnerships and on the pitch with players that you might not regularly play with.

“He was guilty of ball-watching at times but I think he needs more minutes and I would start him ahead of Lovren every week.” 

Gomez has not started a Premier League game for Liverpool since the opening day of the season, coming on as a substitute against Chelsea and Tottenham for a total of six minutes of game time.

Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip have been Klopp’s first-choice pairing at the heart of the defence, Lovren taking the Senegalese international’s spot when injury has struck.

In other Liverpool news, Robinson admits he was blown away by an “outstanding” teenager at Anfield who is “definitely one to watch”.