MARTIN KEOWN: Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez could be the best defensive partnership in ...

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2020-02-17 23:51:02
MARTIN KEOWN: Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez could be the best defensive partnership in ...

Published: 22:30 GMT, 17 February 2020 | Updated: 23:29 GMT, 17 February 2020

Our man Martin Keown may have raised eyebrows in August 2018 when he suggested that Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez could ‘become one of the greatest pairings the Premier League has ever seen’. 

Now, a year and a half later, he says we’re seeing proof of that as Liverpool get set to become English champions for the first time since 1990. 

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez could be the best defensive partnership in  history.

They will want to secure the silverware to back it up but they are racking up the clean sheets. 

Since being restored as ’s preferred centre back pairing in mid-December, ’s back line has been breached once — a single goal conceded in 990 minutes of league football. It’s incredible. 

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez could be the best centre-back pairing in Premier League history

Joel Matip (C) was a mainstay in the Liverpool defence before Gomez swooped back in

Speaking about them in 2018, I said they almost play to music. That’s because they are so smooth and in tandem. 

Then a fractured leg curtailed Gomez’s season and we were denied seeing them together.

Now, after Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren took turns partnering Van Dijk, Gomez is back. 

Dutchman Van Dijk is 28 while England’s Gomez is 22 — and their talents are very similar.

Their pace is frightening and they ooze class in the way they travel round the pitch.

Van Dijk, the 2019 Ballon d’Or runner-up, is clearly ahead of his team-mate. He is stronger in the air and naturally more of a leader. But Gomez is not far behind. They work together brilliantly and we are finally getting the chance to witness that.

Liverpool have only conceded once in 990 minutes as they march towards the league title

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