Joe Gomez was close to leaving Liverpool in the summer window.
The England international has been scarred by injuries in the past and was sidelined for the majority of the season last year.
He had a solid partnership with captain Virgil van Dijk but his recurring injuries gave Ibrahima Konate and Joel Matip the chance to nail down their places in Jurgen Klopp’s side.
This season he has been given the opportunity to cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back and has always been responsible for adapting to different positions.
Gomez can be compared to James Milner who played a similar role before he departed in the summer transfer window.
Journalist Dean Jones believes Gomez still remains a crucial player for the club despite January transfer links.
He said: “I know that while the expectation in almost every transfer window is that Gomez leaves, there’s probably an argument to say that he ends up being one of the longest-standing players in this squad just because he doesn’t have high expectations in terms of being in the team week in week out.
“He’s willing to fight for his place. He’s ready to dig in and play different roles for the team. So, I think he’s actually a really important player.”