Even after the Reds won the UEFA Champions League Semifinal series 4-3 on aggregate, the former Premier League footballer believes Gomez shouldn’t have played.
According to former English Premier League footballer, Rio Ferdinand, Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp made one “mistake” by deciding to play Joe Gomez instead of Trent Alexander-Arnold.”
“It’s the modern-day full-back, you want them to defend and get forward,” Ferdinand was quoted by Football 365.
“I think the range in their play, in terms of when they get into the final third, they can whip it from outside of the box, they can get into the box, they cut the ball back.”
He explained: “I just think their all-around game, both of them [Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson], is fantastic.”
“It’s almost a mini-competition within the team – who can get the most assists,” Ferdinand said.
“Maybe, in the Camp Nou, with hindsight which is a beautiful thing if you could have it, [not selecting] Trent Alexander-Arnold was the one mistake you could look back on, he could have done differently.”
“He went with Joe Gomez, out of the wilderness with a long injury and is mainly a center-back,” he added.
“But I understand [why Gomez was picked] because of his defensive responsibilities were huge, Barca’s left side is such a strong part of their game.”