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Joe Gomez is a cheat code when it comes to Dream Team defenders

We need to talk about Joe Gomez.

The Liverpool defender had a sluggish start to the season, finding himself way down the Anfield centre-back pecking order behind Joel Matip and even Dejan Lovren.

But injuries to those two has proved a blessing in disguise for the Reds.


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Gomez is back in contention

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Gomez is back in contention

That’s because Gomez’s re-introduction alongside Virgil van Dijk has produced some stellar results.

Prior to Gomez’s return to the team Liverpool, despite being so far ahead of their title rivals, had kept just two clean sheets all season.

But since then they’ve kept seven shutouts in the eight games Gomez has started, with the only exception being the Club World Cup semi-final which didn’t count towards Dream Team anyway.

Rock solid alongside Van Dijk

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Rock solid alongside Van Dijk

Gomez has been attracting significant praise for his displays, particularly for the way he marshalled a young Reds defence in their win over Everton in the FA Cup on Sunday.

But Dream Team gaffers are yet to wake up to his potential when he should now be at the forefront of their minds.

The 22-year-old features in just 3% of teams but has recorded at least five points in each of his last seven appearances.

A mature display in a young team

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A mature display in a young team

For a defender, that’s fantastic consistency.

A Liverpool side that are now keeping clean sheets is a very frightening prospect, with Jurgen Klopp’s league leaders now firing at both ends.

Since the start of December only Trent Alexander-Arnold (61) has collected more points as a defender than Gomez’s 50.

And at just £2.7m he’s a bit of a no brainer right now if you’re looking for defensive reinforcements.

Hell of a spine

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Hell of a spine

Cheaper than the likes of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Kyle Walker, yet Gomez has more points than all of them.

Liverpool’s run of fixtures isn’t too kind – they face Spurs, Man United and Wolves in their next three – but then again they’ve risen to much tougher challenges already this season.

Gomez could be a bit of a cheat code at the back if you go for him, allowing you to save more funds for the bigger points scorers up top.

Time for a switch?

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