Paul Robinson claims that Liverpool defender Joe Gomez is “struggling” to deal with being a bit-part player at Anfield this season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England goalkeeper says that coming in and out of the side is not doing the 22-year-old any favours, highlighting how he was a regular in the starting XI last season.

Wednesday night’s draw against Napoli was only Gomez’s eighth start of the season across all competitions, the Reds having already played 22 games in the league and cups.

Having seen the England international fall behind the likes of Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren in the pecking order at Anfield, Robinson says Gomez’s inconsistent appearances are hindering his ability.

Asked about the defender’s poor form, Robinson told Football Insider: “I think it’s due to him not playing. I think it’s because he played so much last year, I don’t think he’s coped well with being out of the team, I don’t think he’s coped well with bit-parts.

“Joe Gomez has found it hard to get back in the team and because he’s such a young lad, it’s the first time he’s probably had this in his career, I think he’s struggling with being a bit-part player.

“When he was playing last season, he was consistent, playing week in, week out. This year when he’s come in, he’s having to play right-back at times, centre-half, then he’s on the bench again for two or three games. I don’t think it’s suited him.” 

Gomez played 57 minutes against Napoli in the 1-1 draw at Anfield, Klopp utilising him at right-back alongside Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson in the backline.

He has made 13 appearances this season and has a total of 79 first-team outings under his belt for the Reds.

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