Playing at left-back, Gomez put in another mature performance to help see Liverpool through to the League Cup final.
The 26-year-old has started Liverpool’s last eight matches, continuing his growth into Liverpool’s most versatile defender, able to cover every position across the backline.
Having deputised for Trent Alexander-Arnold earlier in the season, Gomez has spent much of the last three months, since Robertson injured his shoulder, playing at left-back.
When Kostas Tsimikas broke his collarbone, he suddenly became even more vital and Klopp has had nothing but praise for Gomez.
The manager said: “Without Joe nothing would’ve happened in the last pretty much 13 [or] 14 weeks since Robbo is out.”
A strong statement but Klopp backed it up, saying: “[He] played exceptional today again. He’s a real defender and he comes inside, he’s doing that really well.”
The boss added: “He is a lifesaver, to be honest, that he was here, that he could play.
“People forget how important Joey was in the best years we had. I don’t know how many games he played in the year when we became champions and how many games he played when we won the Champions League – a lot and rightly so because he’s a top-class player.”
While Gomez has been performing brilliantly in defence, it has been well documented that he is still yet to score his first career goal, a mission that seems to be coming closer to completion every week.
Klopp commented on his longstanding drought: “He tried a couple of times (vs. Fulham) obviously to finish the discussion about not scoring. I would say for my taste from a bit too far, but it’s still alright.”
Liverpool were feeling comfortable in their 3-1 aggregate lead at Craven Cottage, hence probably why Gomez took a couple of shots on from outside the penalty box.
Such as been Gomez’s positive impact, Robertson’s impending return may not be as straight forward for the Scotsman as expected.