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Liverpool: Youngster to stay; defender departs for Championship; Markovic could join Watford

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Versatile young defender Joe Gomez will remain at Liverpool for the upcoming season after being given assurances about first team involvement in the coming campaign.

The 20-year-old has endured an injury-hit time on Merseyside since his £3.5 million move from Charlton Athletic two years ago had been linked with a loan move away from Anfield, but Sky Sports understand he will stay and fight for first team minutes.

Gomez impressed greatly after his move from the Valley under Brendan Rodgers, but a cruciate ligament injury kept him out of the side for 15 months. Jurgen Klopp, though, is a big admirer of the young Englishman who can play at both left-back and centre-back or even in a back three.

Providing he does get the minutes he deserves and the chance to challenge, keeping Gomez at the club, especially with the failure to land the signing of Virgil van Dijk, represents good business for the Reds.

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Although one defender is staying, another is on the move, with Andre Wisdom close to sealing a switch to Derby County.

Liverpool’s official website reported a deal had been agreed between the two clubs and the 24-year-old, who was on loan with the East Midlands club during the 2013/14 season.

Wisdom, an academy graduate, made 22 appearances for Liverpool, scoring on his debut in a 5-3 win at Young Boys in the Europa League during Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge.

Last season he won the Austrian Bundesliga with Red Bull Salzburg, but he will return to the Championship for the next stage in his career.

Although he was hotly tipped to make the grade as a first team star as a youngster, Wisdom struggled for first team minutes after a series of loans, and never looked like impressing Jurgen Klopp while he spent so long away from the club.

At 24, he would be wasting his career sitting on the Anfield bench and Derby are getting a very talented Championship level player. A good deal all round.

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Another name who could follow Wisdom out of the door is Lazar Markovic, who could be reunited with Marco Silva at Watford according to the Telegraph.

Markovic, 23, spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull City with Silva, impressing the Portuguese manager with his pace and direct running.

Several clubs across Europe are rumoured to be interested in the player, but a reunion with Silva and a chance to prove himself in the Premier League after failing to live up to the standards of a £20 million signing at Liverpool could be tempting.

As for the Reds, Markovic doesn’t appear to be part of Klopp’s plans and they never really saw the best of the young Serbian. Most fans will not mind seeing him depart.

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John is a history graduate from the University of Southampton, and will soon be completing a Master's degree in Journalism at Cardiff University

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