Jurgen Klopp views Joe Gomez as ‘the real deal’ at Liverpool and believes the defender is ready to replace Lucas in the first team, according to reports.
The 19-year-old hasn’t featured for Liverpool since October 2015 and has been sidelined with cruciate ligament and Achilles injuries.
Lucas, meanwhile, has started only three Premier League games this season and ESPN claim that Liverpool are ready to grant the Brazilian a move to Inter in the January transfer window.
But Klopp’s decision to allow Lucas to move on is based on his view that Gomez is able to command a place in the first team once he returns to full fitness.
The ex-Charlton man has revealed he is back to full fitness and raring to go after counting down the days on his home-made injury calendar.
Gomez was signed in a £3.5 million deal from Charlton Athletic in June 2015 but has only made seven first-team appearance for Liverpool.