Gomez was one of five players brought into the Liverpool lineup for Saturday’s trip to St James’ Park, the defender making his 20th appearance of the season and his 10th start in all competitions.
It has been far from straightforward for the 24-year-old in a campaign that has seen him drop to fourth choice in the pecking order at centre-back.
While it would be easy for a player of his ability to grow frustrated with the lack of minutes afforded to him this season, there are no signs of that from Liverpool’s No. 12.
“[It makes the difference], massively,” he said.
“I think the attitude amongst the camp to stay at it – five changes or so today, we’ve obviously got a massive game in midweek – it’s good to be able to allow some of the boys to come into that with fresh legs.
“That’s only half-time over there, so we know it’s not going to be easy.
“But yeah, I think as a collective, all the lads staying fit this year and having such a strong squad has been massive for sure.”
While he may consider his future at the end of the campaign, it is a testament to Gomez’s professionalism that his focus after the win was the clean sheet he helped earn.
“The most important thing was the three points, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” the softly spoken defender continued.
“I think the clean sheet always gives us the platform to get a goal and get the three points, so I think as a unit we did well and ground it out.”