Reason for Brannagan’s loan deal collapse explained; Liverpool now in tricky position

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Earlier on in the summer, Jurgen Klopp decided to implement a club strategy where teams taking our youngsters on loan would have to play them in 75% of fixtures or face paying a fee come the end of the season.

This seemed sensible, as a number of our Academy stars had been heading down the leagues only to sit on the bench, but the rule has bitten us with Cameron Brannagan – with Wigan pulling out of a deal at the last minute – worried they’d fail to meet the 75% clause and face a six-figure payment.

This is according to the Echo, who quote the 20-year-old midfielder, too

“It would be good for me as a young lad to experience men’s football on a regular basis so I’d like to do it soon,” he said.

“It’s a big jump from playing in the under-21s to the Premier League with how quick the tempo is. Going out on loan, playing Championship football against men would be good experience for me. I’d like to do that.”

Now, it remains to be seen whether we’ll be able to find a suitable club to send the youngster for the campaign. We’d hope Liverpool had a word with Huddersfield, who already have Danny Ward doing well in goal and David Wager – Jurgen Klopp’s best friend – in charge.

Without European football and a few new midfield faces purchased, there simply isn’t much chance of Brannagan receiving regular minutes this term.

He’s at a crucial age where he needs to now kick on, so we hope a prospective Championship side decides to take the risk. We assure them, it’ll be worth it!

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