Liverpool central defender Joe Gomez will sign a new contract at the club during pre-season.
The 25-year-old has two years remaining on his current deal and has slipped down the pecking order at Anfield. As a result, he has been attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs this summer, including Aston Villa, who are said to be the frontrunners for his signature.
However, the Telegraph are reporting that Gomez will put pen to paper on a new deal when the Reds return to Melwood to prepare for the 2022/23 season in a few weeks time.
After Jurgen Klopp brought Ibrahima Konate to the North West last summer, Gomez’s future at the club was thrown into doubt.
The England international made just 8 Premier League appearances in the 2021/22 campaign, with Vigil Van Dijk, Konate and Joel Matip sharing the majority of the centre-back minutes.
Although he was often used to cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back- largely in cup competitions- he certainly sees himself as a central defender and should be pushing to play in this position if he wants to break back into the England squad ahead of the World Cup.
The role of being a back-up at right-back is also set to be taken over by new recruit Calvin Ramsay, who is close to joining the Merseysiders from Aberdeen.
The 18-year-old Scotsman will be expected to fill in for Alexander-Arnold in cup competitions or when the playmaker is injured.
This leaves Gomez with no obvious path to regular minutes at Liverpool.
However, sources indicate that he must have been given assurances over some level of consistent game time in order to be convinced to remain with the Reds.
The London-born defender joined Liverpool from Chalrton in the summer of 2015 and has made 142 appearances for the club over seven seasons.