PREMIER LEAGUE Defender Joe Gomez urges Liverpool to bounce back
Liverpool — Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has urged his teammates to bounce back from the draw in the Merseyside derby when they host West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday.
The Reds were held 1-1 by Everton at Anfield despite having the bulk of possession after Wayne Rooney’s penalty cancelled out Mohamed Salah’s opening goal.
The result leaves Liverpool in fourth spot, 16 points off leaders Manchester City.
Gomez says that the visit of the Baggies so soon after that result gives Liverpool the opportunity to address their frustrations, even if West Brom adopt a similar defensive approach to Everton.
"That’s one of the positives," said Gomez. "Obviously it’s tough, it’s a gruelling schedule but it gives you a chance to try and fix it straight away.
"We’ve seen it a few times this season at Anfield — people know the attacking threats we have and tend to sit off a bit, especially because we are so quick on the counter."
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was criticised for leaving out Brazilian attacking duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino against Everton.
The pair are expected to return to the starting line-up for Wednesday’s game, having been introduced as late substitutes in the Merseyside derby.
Gomez regularly has to face Coutinho, Firmino, Salah and Sadio Mane on the training ground and said the quality of Liverpool’s attacking players left him open-mouthed at times.
"Sometimes they do a few things and I am like ‘wow!’," said the 20-year-old Englishman.
"It is not that you get used to it, you expect it from them because you know how good they are. Their standards never drop. That is one of the pluses at being at a club like Liverpool."
Liverpool will check on the fitness of striker Daniel Sturridge for the Premier League clash after he missed the derby with a hamstring problem.
West Brom head for Anfield without a win in 14 Premier League games and with new manager Alan Pardew having collected just one point and no goals from his first two games in charge.