Liverpool fans criticise Joe Gomez for display against Genk
Joe Gomez made his third Champions League appearance of the season on Tuesday night as Liverpool recorded a 2-1 win over Genk.
Securing Premier League minutes this term has been extremely difficult due to the form of Joel Matip, but the 28-year-old is currently on the sidelines through injury, which has opened up the spot alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Both Dejan Lovren and Gomez are in contention to start against Manchester City this weekend, but it would be fair to say that the Liverpool fans were not pleased with what they saw from the latter against Genk.
Liverpool supporters had been trying to honour the 25-year-old with the banner, but it has been met with a critical response – both for the misspelling of ‘Colombia’ and its implied message.
‘With respect, this is national stereotyping that Diaz would hate,’ said one Twitter user, while a second added: ‘I just hope Luis doesn’t see this.’
The 27-year-old was very poor in the final third of the pitch, with his passing way off his usual standards, while there were also lapses in concentration when he was asked to defend.
Robertson’s drop in form this season has got many supporters on Twitter concerned, with some highly critical of the Scotland’s captain performance against Leeds:
It’s been a strange season for Robertson. He started off the campaign strongly, scoring once and providing five assists before Christmas. However, his form since the New Year has been extremely disappointing.
Robertson has not made a goal contribution in his last 23 matches, which is not great considering he is tasked with a key playmaking role by manager Jurgen Klopp. Fans will be hoping he rediscovers his mojo soon.
Another user wrote: ‘Well done. You managed to insult Luis Diaz’s country twice. By misspelling Colombia and stereotyping the nation into this drug-infested country cause you get all your cultural lessons from Narcos.’
The banner was called ‘inappopriate’ and ‘offensive’ by other social media accounts.
Diaz has scored six goals and made five assists in his 25 appearances for Liverpool, and has impressed with the way he has immediately fit in to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Colombian star is not guaranteed to start the final against Real – where Liverpool will be aiming to win a third trophy of the season – and may be named on the bench by Klopp.