Joe Gomez will not be sent out on loan this season, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.
The Reds boss spoke after Liverpool’s 2-1 friendly victory over Brisbane Roar this week.
Gomez started the tie in defence, alongside Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and summer arrival Nathaniel Clyne.
And Rodgers said Gomez is in his plans for the coming season despite reported loan interest from Derby.
“He’s staying,” Rodgers said on the Sky Sports website.
“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.”