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Brendan Rodgers: 'Joe Gomez not leaving Liverpool on loan'

Brendan Rodgers says that Joe Gomez will "get games" and not be leaving Liverpool on loan this season.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stated that teenage defender Joe Gomez will not be going out on loan this season.

The 18-year-old joined the Reds from Charlton Athletic last month and has impressed Rodgers in pre-season.

Earlier today he played at left-back in Liverpool's 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar, and Rodgers said at his post-match press conference that he was "outstanding".

Speaking about Gomez's chances of playing this season, Rodgers said: "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."

Rodgers also confirmed that Gomez's fellow defender Alberto Moreno would be fit for Monday's friendly with Adelaide United after the Spaniard missed Liverpool's first two pre-season games.


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