LIVERPOOL’S Joe Gomez has no intentions of going out on loan.
The young defender has only recently returned to the first-team fold at Anfield following his lengthy time off with anterior cruciate ligament and Achilles injuries.
The 19-year-old is yet to make an appearance for Liverpool this season but his efforts in training have so far been well received by Jurgen Klopp.
Gomez says he has held discussions with his manager over his future and he wants to continue to develop his game at Liverpool.
“We spoke a bit about the future, loan talk and stuff like that,” Gomez told the club’s website. “My aim isn’t to go out on loan – I want to challenge here, that has to be my aim after a long time out.
“At the same time, I haven’t trained under him for a year. Only in the past seven or eight weeks is the first period of time I’ve got to train under him and with the team.
“Me coming back and rushing straight out, there are pros and cons to it, but it was a compliment for him to say that. I’m thankful that he sees it that way.
“I’ve got to do what I can in training and try to work my way back into things. At the moment, I’m focused on developing and learning under him, learning the team’s style of play and being myself again.”
Gomez has been playing regularly for the Under 23s in recent weeks as he continues to get back to full fitness and will be hoping to get some game time for the senior side over the busy festive period.