Since then, the Englishman has been desperately unlucky with a number of injuries that have restricted him to 11 league appearances over the past 18 months.
And Lawrenson thinks the Reds will try and retain Gomez for the 2022/23 campaign.
"He's on a long-term contract, so the club can say he's going nowhere," Lawrenson told TribalFootball.com, on behalf of FreeSuperTips.
"He just needs to play, and the problem is, when you think about it, 18 months - two years ago, the centre backs were Gomez and Van Dijk.
"Because of those injuries, he's gone down to fourth choice centre back.
"They weren't going to let him go on loan because you remember last season, they had all sorts of problems with all the centre backs being injured.
"The problem will be that these lads don't play any football outside of the first team.
"They might play what they call 'bounce' games and I know they have them against Preston occasionally.
"They'll play three 30-minute games, but there's no tackling or competitive edge, it's nothing like a matchday and no pressure, so all they do is keep fit.
"It's a difficult one for him, he's probably been knocking on the managers door, and he may or may not get his chance, but that's what it's like at a top club.
"He's still a proper player and for the life of me, I don't think they would let him go in the summer."