Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp warns he is getting ‘angry’ with fans over Joe Gomez shouts | Football | Sport

Jurgen Klopp has asked Liverpool supporters to stop calling for Joe Gomez to shoot as they risk making him ‘angry’. The defender has been pivotal for the Reds throughout his side’s injury crisis, recently being deployed in midfield due to the absence of experience in that department.

Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 victory over Southampton on Wednesday night to book their spot in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. The academy products in Merseyside, once again, stole the show for Klopp, with teenagers Lewis Koumas and Jayden Danns scoring the all-important goals.

The Reds threw several youngsters in at the deep end over the weekend in the Carabao Cup final, and those teens proved that their assured performances were no fluke with another assured display against the high-flying Saints.

Klopp heaped praise on his side after the final whistle, though he was keen to highlight the important role that Gomez played in the match as well. The 26-year-old was tasked with playing as a No. 6 in Liverpool’s midfield alongside Bobby Clark and James McConnell, and he did not look out of place in the role.

Speaking about the versatility of the England international after the match, Klopp said: “Right-back exactly the same. Conor (Bradley) is not there, Trent (Alexander-Arnold) is obviously not there, so Joey, come on. Now he plays the six, aye aye aye. The way he played is absolutely crazy.”

Klopp then went on to call for Liverpool supporters to stop demanding that Gomez should take a shot from distance in the hope of the defender finally opening his account at senior level, having remained goalless in 223 appearances for both Charlton and the Anfield outfit.

“Can I ask the people,” said Klopp, “As funny as it is… shoot. Leave the boy alone, one day he will shoot, he will find the moment himself. If he shoots from 40 yards just because the people are calling then I will really get a bit angry but what a boy, what a game. Absolutely exceptional.”

Despite being a centre-back, Gomez has found himself in the final third frequently this season due to his stints in full-back and now midfield. The versatile star did look to finally break his duck against Southampton though, adhering to the wishes of the Liverpool faithful and taking aim from distance – though his strike sailed over the bar.

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