Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has not seen the close-season as a time to rest, instead ensuring his side have a number of new recruits in place early this summer.
Following the arrival of Danny Ings, James Milner and Adam Bogdan earlier this month, Liverpool have now announced the signing of Joe Gomez from Charlton Athletic; and while the 18-year-old is one for the future there are three big reasons why he may get plenty of first-team chances as early as next season.
Glen Johnson’s departure
Liverpool are a right-back short following Glen Johnson’s exit at the end of his contract and as a result Gomez may find himself utilised in one of the many positions he can occupy.
Although he is predominantly a centre-back the teenager played regularly on the right for Charlton last season and that is the area of the field where he could impress for Liverpool in the short term.
With Johnson gone, that leaves limited effective options for Rodgers in the continued absence of Jon Flanagan.
Emre Can’s change of position
Another player who featured regularly on the right side of defence last season was Emre Can, but with Steven Gerrard heading to the MLS the German is more likely to play in his natural midfield position from August onwards.
With Kolo Toure also another year older that means two players who could be considered as options at the back may be overlooked in favour of Gomez if he does well in pre-season.
Javier Manquillo’s failure to impress
Javier Manquillo may have signed a two-year deal at Anfield but the Spanish right-back could be overlooked in favour of Gomez when it is a straight fight between the two.
Manquillo played 19 times for Liverpool last season but he was rarely used in the last few months of the campaign and the future looks bleak for him on Merseyside.