While Stefan Bajcetic‘s return from injury has seen him deployed at right-back, Liverpool coaches do not view him as a long-term option in that role.
The teenager occupied the hybrid role adapted for Trent Alexander-Arnold, clocking 61 minutes as he works his way back from a long-term adductor injury.
He is expected to start in the same position when Leicester visit Anfield in the League Cup on Wednesday night, but previewing that tie, assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders insisted his future is in midfield.
“It’s not easy with all the games, there are not many who can play that position like Trent does,” Lijnders explained.
“That’s really tricky. That’s why I made a big compliment to Joe Gomez.
“Stefan is this player who last year, from a coach’s point of view, played on the six and was just exciting, no?
“Because he plays passes, dictates the game in a different way to Alexis or other midfielders we had.
“He’s this proper, proper talent, so you want to see him in the middle of the pitch.
“So it would not make sense to just play him as a right-back and use him as a right-back like in the past or whatever.”
Alexander-Arnold has rejoined training after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury, but will not be considered for the squad in midweek.
“It’s not easy to find the right player if Joe or Trent can’t play,” Lijnders continued.
“But we need to find solutions as well, because Stefan, he’s coming back from a long-term injury, so it’s not possible for him to play constantly.
“We need to find solutions in that position.
“It’s good that Trent is training – yesterday he was on the pitch – it’s good that Joe is performing how he is performing.
“And it’s nice for Stefan to play a game there, but it was his first game as a [right-back]. He play a lot of games at centre-half, but not at full-back.”