Liverpool centre-half Joe Gomez thought he could be the hero at Anfield last night.
But he simply became a banter target for James Milner after the Reds beat West Ham 3-2 on Merseyside.
Gomez has never scored a goal at senior level, having first broken into Charlton’s team in the 2014/15 season.
He joined Liverpool in the summer five years ago and is awaiting his first Reds strike.
On his 97th appearance for the Merseysiders yesterday, Gomez believed his duck might be broken.
However, his wild left-footed swing from just under 25 yards was destined for row Z rather than top bins.
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Fortunately, lady luck was smiling on Liverpool and broke West Ham hearts as the ball took a wicked deflection off the back of Mark Noble.
Gomez fell as he struck his shot against the Hammers captain, who stopped the ball going for a harmless goal kick with the score at 2-2 with less than 10 minutes to go.
Noble and Gomez, though, turned to see the ball fall into the path of Trent Alexander-Arnold, who reacted quickest ahead of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Alexander-Arnold hooked the ball back across the face of the goal, where a free Sadio Mane was waiting to simply tap home.
It certainly spared Gomez’s blushes, who was probably in for a rollicking from Jurgen Klopp if the chance had been totally wasted.
Milner, though, did not let the 22-year-old escape without notice.
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While the midfielder failed to make Klopp’s squad last night, he watched on and made sure to point out Gomez’s contribution to the winner.
On Twitter, Liverpool’s official account posted a clip of their third goal.
And Milner quote-tweeted it with: “Big win. Never in doubt it would end up in the net as Joey G lined it up from 30yards on his left peg #findaway #trenton #ynwa”.
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Gomez posted his reply, laughing at the #findaway comment.
The Liverpool defender will be hoping this weekend could see him bag his first career goal.
The Reds go to 19th-placed Watford in the Premier League, with the title touching distance away.
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