Another summer window done and another group of Liverpool players out on loan. In recent years, it has seemed like the loan system for Liverpool is used to just get rid of the dead wood from the first team squad on a temporary basis as there are no buyers. It suits the club receiving the players a lot more than it does us, as we are stuck with players not good enough for the shirt on the books and in some cases are still contributing towards their wages. We’ve seen this time and time again with the likes of Alberto Aquilani, Andre Wisdom, Luis Alberto, Samed Yesil and Mario Balotelli to name a few.
There has been the odd exception though. In cases it has worked for us. Divock Origi is a great example. Liverpool paid 10.5m for the Belgian from Lille, with the condition to loan him back there for the following season. Origi got the first team football he needed and had a promising first season for the Reds last season. In 2014/15, both Sheyi Ojo and Kevin Stewart were given loan spells at Wolves and Swindon respectively. Both benefitted from the experience and looked impressive in cameo appearances for the Reds last year.
It is clear Jürgen Klopp is putting a lot of thought into the players he is allowing the leave the club on loan, with Cameron Brannagan’s proposed switch to Wigan cancelled due to Wigan not complying with the amount of game time Klopp demanded to let Brannagan go. Will this attitude produce anymore first team squad regulars such as Origi, Ojo and Stewart?
On loan at various clubs this year, Liverpool have: Danny Ward (Huddersfield Town), Ryan Fulton (Chesterfield), Adam Bogdan (Wigan Athletic), Ryan Kent (Barnsley), Jack Dunn (Morecambe, 6 months), Allan Rodrigues (Hertha Berlin), Jon Flanagan (Der Der Der Der, Burnley), Lloyd Jones (Swindon Town), Sam Hart (Port Vale), Taiwo Awoniyi (NEC Nijmegen), Andre Wisdom (Red Bull Salzburg), Lazar Markovic (Sporting).
Given from what we’ve seen of that group already, you’d imagine Andre Wisdom, Lazar Markovic and Adam Bogdan fall under the ‘on loan as we couldn’t find a permanent buyer’ category. Wisdom looks like he could be an okay premier league defender, but is nowhere near the required level to play for Liverpool. Adam Bogdan is a fine keeper at Championship level and should stay there, and Lazar Markovic showed flashes but struggled with the physicality of the Premier League (and playing right wing back).
You’d fancy Danny Ward and Jon Flanagan to come back into the squad next year. With Simon Mignolet as shakey as ever and Jon Flanagan hopefully injury free, both could certainly do a job for us and hopefully this spell for them will do them good. I’d argue Jon Flanagan should’ve stayed put, but hopefully Jimmy Milner will do the job till he gets fit again or we sign a left back. Looking outside those who have already been in and out the squad, Ryan Kent and Allan Rodrigues look the standouts from the above list.
Lets hope there’s more Divock Origi’s than Luis Alberto’s.
Written by @JackMitchell5