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Brendan Rodgers hails Joe Gomez

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Brendan Rodgers insists Joe Gomez will not go out on loan this season and will instead be a valuable part of the Liverpool first-team squad, reports the club's official site. 

Gomez signed for the Reds for £3.5 million from Charlton Athletic earlier this month, snubbing a host of clubs including Borussia Dortmund for Anfield.

At such a young age, there's been speculation that the 18-year-old could go out on loan to a Premier League side to gain experience.

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Gomez has been on Liverpool's pre-season tour of Thailand and Australia and performed well at left-back in his side's 2-1 victory against Brisbane Roar on Friday morning.

And following that effort, Rodgers has confirmed that Gomez is firmly in his plans for the upcoming season and has hailed the defenders versatility.

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“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," the Northern Irishman said in his post-match press conference.

“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.

"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.”

Competition

Despite Gomez impressing during the pre-season tour, he'll have stiff competition to win a regular place in Rodgers' side.

Nathaniel Clyne has joined Liverpool for £12 million from Southampton and he will likely slot in to the right-back role immediately given how impressive he's been at St. Mary's over the past two seasons. 

Liverpool also have Alberto Moreno on their books who joined from Sevilla last summer. Although his first season at Anfield wasn't the most inspiring, there's no doubt he has bags of potential and he should be more accustomed after a full season in the Premier League.

Jon Flanagan missed all of last season with a knee injury and is set to be sidelined for most of the upcoming campaign after undergoing knee surgery earlier this year. However, he was a vital member of Rodgers' side when Liverpool came within a whisker of winning the title in the 2013/14 season and being an academy graduate, both the club and the fans are eagerly awaiting his return.

The Reds have, however, let Glen Johnson leave Stoke City on a free transfer after not offering the former Chelsea man a new contract. They too have sent back Javier Manquillo to Atletico Madrid after just one year of a two season loan deal, which opens more windows for Gomez.

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