Brendan Rodgers has praised the 'loyalty and support' of Sebastian Coates throughout what he accepts has been a difficult season for the Uruguayan.
The outstanding form of Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger has made it tough for Coates to force his way into the side this term and his tally of starts since signing at Anfield in 2011 is just 17.
Rodgers said: "Seb has been in here and has been a very loyal member of our squad.
"He has been a great support player for the group. Obviously his chances have been very limited. That's unfortunately how it is sometimes as a defender.
"As a manager you are very rarely changing the defence. It's more the midfield and front players. It's been difficult for him.
"He got a lot of games at the beginning of the season with the cups but obviously since January it has been hard for him. We will sit down when he comes back for pre-season and we will take it from there."
"He has been here a few years now. All players want to play, I respect that."