Liverpool midfield sensation Cameron Brannagan would be happy to leave Anfield this summer on loan as he feels it would give him the experience of regular first team football could help his long-term ambitions to become an Anfield regular.
Brannagan had agreed a loan move to Championship side Wigan Athletic collapsed last week but the deal collapsed after Wigan couldn’t agree to Liverpool’s demands about playing time for Brannagan. Liverpool have recently insist on a clause that states there will be financial penalties if a youngster on loan doesn’t play in 75% of the matches they are available for. Brannagan is still expected to leave the club after a host of Championship teams expressed an interested in securing the young midfielders services.
Brannagan who is highly rated by manager Jürgen Klopp made nine appearances for the Reds last season but would find it find it hard to cement a place in the Liverpool midfield for the 2016/2017 season especially with the arrivals of both Marko Grujic and Georginio Wijnaldum. And with Liverpool having no European football, Brannagan’s would find his chances of playing next season limited.
Speaking about the possibly of a loan next season Brannagan was happy to discuss the benefits of it; “I can see the benefits of a loan. If I’m not going to get regular game time here, I’d love the experience of what it’s like because that’s something I’ve not done before. 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. 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. We’ll see what the manager wants to do with me. It’s still early days. Jurgen will come and speak to me about that when he feels it’s the right time.”
Brannagan missed the recent friendly against Huddersfield with a tight hamstring but he should be available for Wednesday’s International Champions Cup tie against Premier League rivals Chelsea. “I was out for three or four days but I’m fine now and available. The tour has been good so far. It’s hard work at the minute but everyone is enjoying it. There’s been a lot of running in the mornings and a lot of work on shape in the afternoons. I am just working on getting fit for the start of the season. I’ll keep working hard and try to impress the manager.”
Brannagan is one of Liverpool’s brightest prospects. He showed last season that he had no problems mixing it with Premier League superstars and his performances were lauded by both fans and pundits alike. A loan move to a competitive Championship side would see Branngan get both valuable playing time and experience of playing week in and week out. If the reports about Lucas leaving Liverpool for Turkey this summer are true and if Jordan Henderson can’t recover from his foot injury to prove his fitness then Klopp may think again about loaning out Brannagan.