Liverpool have no intention of loaning out Curtis Jones next season.
It comes as Danny Mills publicly told the teenager "do not damage yourself" by staying and not playing at Anfield.
Instead, Jurgen Klopp intends to hand Jones more first-team opportunities, as he looks to make his mark in a red shirt.
Jones, the Liverpool Under-23 captain, has made eight senior appearances for the Reds this term.
And the 19 year-old has more than hinted at his promise with a number of impressive displays.
Jones hit the headlines with the stunning strike that knocked Everton out of the FA Cup.
But he also shone in the EFL Cup tie against Arsenal earlier in the campaign and captained the Reds’ senior side in the FA Cup fourth round replay against Shrewsbury.
However, he found the going tougher in the fifth-round loss to Chelsea, and has managed just 19 minutes in the Premier League, across two substitute appearances.
Nevertheless, Liverpool’s coaching staff have high hopes for Jones and believe that his development will be best served by staying at the club, rather than a temporary switch.
After the win over Everton, Klopp was full of praise, remarking: "Unbelievable player, Scouser, very confident, can't wait to play in the first team. Rightly so.
“He has made big steps, he will be a Liverpool player if nothing strange happens 100 per cent."
Klopp has been outspoken in the past about creating player pathways into the first-team for the likes of Jones, Harvey Elliott and Rhian Brewster.
The exit of Adam Lallana on a free transfer will help in that respect this summer; Jones played alongside Lallana in central midfield in the loss at Chelsea.
Klopp is even ready to sell Xherdan Shaqiri – if anyone matches the club’s £25million valuation of the Swiss – to offer further opportunities to his young charges.
However, former England defender Mills believes that Jones would be better served by leaving Anfield on loan
“If you get the opportunity to go out and play – go out and play,” Mills told Football Insider. “It is simple.
“You have to look at players on an individual basis. Is he really going to play at Liverpool? Probably not. It is not that he has given up, it is being realistic.
"Do not damage yourself.”
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