I don’t think there’s any doubt about it, if Gomez is fit then he’s first choice alongside Virgil. But for me this season, I don’t know if it’s the same with anyone else, but Lovren and Matip have been a bit of a strange case. When we lost Gomez it seemed a case of who’s the best case scenario of two average defenders based on form and when one has played they’ve done well but as usual, either Matip or Lovren got an injury and it seemed a case of “great, now we have the 4th choice liability playing”... but on the whole, they have both stepped in and proved to be good and reliable cover. Consistency has been the bigger issue for him and Lovren with us, but they’ve both done well this season. Even without Virgil vs Bayern, Matip of last season I think would have been a massive liability playing with essentially an out of position CB partner but he was very composed and had a good game.
Hopefully that makes sense. It makes sense to me but wasn’t easy trying to explain it
Yep, I have to hand it Matip, he has come in a few times with no momentum and performed this season, and now getting a run of games, he is showing consistency and quality!
I have never doubted Lovren and Matip's defensive ability, but what I have doubt is their durability.... and I still do which is why I consider them a liability. Where we would potentially lose Lovren for weeks, I still have doubts Matip could fill that void long term during an intense period, vice versa with Lovren. Fortunately for us,we have had a lot of rest days between matches which has given enough recovery time for Matip, and if he can stay fit until the end of the season, maybe there is hope!!