Jurgen Klopp wants to give players from our Under-23s a chance to properly impress during pre-season before sending any of them out on loan, reports the Echo.
James Pearce held a Q&A live today and was questioned why we’ve rejected loan bids from Newcastle for Sheyi Ojo, Celtic for Harry Wilson and Huddersfield for Danny Ward.
On the surface, all three would benefit from regular football outside of Liverpool, and stand seemingly no chance of regular minutes in our first-team during 2017/18.
Klopp trusts youngsters though, and wants them to know that during the next few months, they can force their way into his thoughts through hard work and good performances in the friendlies – much like Ben Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria and Trent Alexander-Arnold did last summer.
“It’s possible Ojo could be loaned out later in the window but I can’t see it happening any time soon,” Pearce said. “Klopp wants to have a close look at players like Ojo, Wilson and Kent in pre-season. That’s their opportunity to force their way into his plans for the season ahead.”
Eventually, we think the majority of our players aged between 19 and 21 will be sent on loan – especially the ones with high potential like Ojo and Wilson.
Another year in the Under-23s won’t be beneficial for either, but we’re looking forward to seeing them in the upcoming friendlies.