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Friday, 17 July 2015
Rodgers: Gomez won't go out on loan
Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Joe Gomez will not be
loaned out in 2015-16 and will instead remain at Liverpool and offer
competition for a first-team berth.
18-year-old, who joined the Reds from Charlton Athletic last month, has
caught the eye of the manager in pre-season training and turned in an
outstanding display at left-back during Friday’s 2-1 win over Brisbane
Roar in Australia.
Rodgers told his post-match press conference: “He’s staying. I’ve
seen enough in this period; you judge young players, I always bring them
in and over pre-season have a good idea of whether we’re going to keep
them or not.
“Seeing him, in particular close at hand and his personality – he’ll be staying, he’ll get games.
“He’s only 18 years of age, but seeing him play at left-back for the
first time, he looked an outstanding athlete and a really good
footballer. I’ve seen him at centre-half and at right-back, but I wanted
to see him at left-back – and I thought he was outstanding.”
It’s not just in the full-back berths where Rodgers sees Gomez
providing competition to his teammates – the manager feels the England
U19 international has the qualities required to operate centrally.
“Gomez has played there a lot of his career,” continued the boss. “We
took him in from Charlton where he played as a centre-half as a two,
played in a back three and he’s also played as a right-back, so he’s got
all the tools to play across the back four. You saw him tonight play at
left-back – he’s a big talent.”
Meanwhile, Rodgers confirmed Alberto Moreno is set to return to
action in Monday’s encounter with Adelaide United having missed
Liverpool’s two pre-season friendlies so far due to a knock.