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Liverpool’s Loanees – The Story So Far

Plenty of Liverpool players have been loaned out this season to gain game-time, much needed experience and some to recover their form. Loan moves are always beneficial as they can often determine the future of a player and if he’s good enough to stay with the club.

We’re going to look at the 14 players Liverpool loaned out this season and try to figure what the future has in store for them.

Danny Ings

We’re going to start with the most obvious one. Danny Ings has left the club after 3 injury-plagued seasons with the Reds, having only featured in 25 games and scoring 4 goals.

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Due to his injuries, the Englishman has found himself low in the pecking order under Jurgen Klopp, and being only 26, he expressed his will to leave to kick-start his career. His wish has been granted this summer, and after a deal was accepted in the final hours of the transfer window Ings got a move to his boyhood club Southampton. He has settled in quickly, netting four times in eight outings with the Saints.

Unfortunately, it’s almost certain that the striker’s time with Liverpool has come to an end as his loan deal includes an obligation to buy at the end of the season for £18million, plus an additional £2million in add-ons.

Loris Karius

After the Kiev calamity, few were the people who had any trust left in Karius and after a disastrous preseason campaign, it looked that it would be in everyone’s interest if the keeper left the club.

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Even though Klopp was keen on keeping the ‘keeper as Alisson’s understudy, he finally decided to let him go as no club was willing to meet his demand for Simon Mignolet.

The German shot-stopper moved to Besiktas in a two-year loan deal worth £2.25million, which will become permanent after a certain criteria is met for an additional £7.25million.

Loris has already started in four games for the Turkish side this season, and it is still unknown if he will remain their number one goalie as he has already showed his inconsistency since joining the club.

Even aged 25, it is almost certain that the keeper’s 49th appearance with the club was his last.

Marko Grujić

Known for being Jurgen Klopp’s first Liverpool signing back in 2016, it can be said that the 22 year old hasn’t lived up to his potential so far. The Serbian international has unfortunately had a rough start to his young career suffering from various injuries.

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His loan move to Hertha Berlin is his 3rd with the club having enjoyed fruitful spells with his boyhood club Red Star Belgrade and helped Cardiff City regain promotion last year.

Having featured in four games for the German side, Grujić unfortunately suffered an ankle injury that might keep him out for a few months.

With 14 appearances in the Red shirt under his belt we believe that the Serb might have what it takes to play for the club, but his injuries are his deterrent.

Adam Bogdan

Once named “The Ginger Buffon”, it’s safe to say that Adam Bogdan is nowhere near Premier League level. The Hungarian joined Liverpool for free from Bolton in 2015 as a substitute keeper for Simon Mignolet, and he never looked likely to usurp the Belgian from his starting XI position.

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Bogdan got the chance to prove his worth in a few Premier League games (six in total) but it was pretty evident that he did not have what it takes to start between the stick for the Reds, as he conceded after dropping the ball from a corner kick three minutes into the game which eventually finished as a 3-0 loss to Watford.

It’s rather clear that Klopp is looking to drain Bogdan’s contract. This is the 31-year-old’s second season on loan after a stint with Wigan Athletic, and he’s currently number one at Scottish side Hibernian, where he’s already started in 13 games this season.

Harry Wilson

One of our exciting prodigies, Wilson, 21, has been tipped to become the next Gareth Bale.

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Even though the Welshman just has 1 appearance in a Red shirt, he has enjoyed two successful loan spells at Crewe Alexandra in 2015 and Hull City last season, before joining Frank Lampard’s Derby County in a £1million loan deal, in what can be a Premier League promoting season for the Rams. He’s had a good start for the Championship side, scoring two in nine games, most notably his screamer of a free kick at Manchester United and doing the “we’ve won it five times” celebration.

We will hope that next season, Wilson will have his chance to prove to Klopp that he can compete with Mo for that right-wing position, but until then he should prove himself this season.

Ben Woodburn

Another Welsh prospect, Woodburn made the headlines when he scored a beauty on his Wales debut and was expected to make an instant impact for Liverpool. Unfortunately, it’s been going a bit downhill for him ever since.

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Injuries have restricted his playing time to 11 games for the Reds in which he managed to score only once, and he has started rather slowly for Sheffield United this season, not able to score even once in 7 outings for the Blades.

Being still 19 years old, Woodburn has still a lot of time to prove his worth to the Reds, but he surely has to step up his game this season.

Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent is one of those wingers that you rejoice watching, a very industrious one with cunning technique and dribbling ability. But unfortunately, it still hasn’t worked for the Englishman, and at almost 22, we’re not sure if it ever will.

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Born in Oldham, Kent has been around at the Liverpool academy since he was six and worked his way to the first team in 2015, making only 1 appearance. He has since been loaned out four times, with unconvincing spells at Coventry City, Barnsley, Freiburg and Bristol City. He has joined Steven Gerrard’s side Glasgow Ranger this year for his fifth temporary move, and has made quite a name for himself at Ibrox starting in 17 games and scoring twice.

Whether Kent can transfer this form to the Premier league is still unsure, and having a lot of competition in that winger position, it might be time for him to pursue his career elsewhere.

Ovie Ejaria

Another Englishman who’s playing under former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, Ovie Ejaria operates in the middle of the park and has made eight Liverpool appearances so far.

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Having enjoyed a good season at Sunderland, Klopp decided to loan the young midfielder to Glasgow Rangers and he has been performing well for the Scottish side, scoring twice in 18 appearances.

At almost 21 years of age, the future does look bright for Ejaria but looking at the names that Jurgen Klopp has in midfield, it’s going to be hard for Ovie to make it near the starting 11 next year.

Sheyi Ojo

The only name on this list to be playing in France, the English U21 winger is playing with Ligue 1 side Stade de Reims. He has already featured in 6 games for the French side but is yet to score.

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Ojo, 21, has previously enjoyed successful loan spells at Wigan, Wolves and most recently Fulham, helping them gain promotion.

He already has 13 appearances and 1 goal for the Reds but Klopp might not see his future at the club, having demanded £15million for this permanent services this summer before letting him leave on loan.

Taiwo Awoniyi

Not really known by many, Awoniyi has been at Liverpool since 2015 but has failed to make the first team. The 21-year-old Nigerian centre-forward has recently signed a contract extension with the Reds before getting loaned out to Belgian side Gent and has already featured in nine games, scoring once.

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Previous loan spells include FSV Frankfurt, Dutch side NEC and Belgian side Royal Excelsior.

Even though him signing a contract extension means Klopp sees potential in him, we don’t think he’s going to be near the starting XI anytime soon with the likes of Dominic Solanke, Divock Origi and Rhian Brewster all waiting for their chances.

Allan Rodrigues De Souza

An enigmatic player, Allan has been at Anfield since 2015 but has failed to make a single appearance for the Reds, and that’s due to the fact that the club haven’t been able to secure the 21-year-old Brazilian a work permit. So they’ve therefore decided to loan him out until they can solve the crisis which still hasn’t been solved to date. He enjoyed loan spells with SJK in Finland, Sint-Truiden in Belgium, Hertha BSC in Germany, Apollon Limassol in Cyprus and he has returned to Germany this season with Eintracht Frankfurt and has made 1 appearance for the club.

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Whether the club will solve the central midfielder’s issue is still unknown, but one thing we’re sure of is that Klopp would have abandoned the case hadn’t he seen something special in him.

Anderson Arroyo

Anderson Arroyo was purchased from Colombian side Fortaleza in February 2018, but he was immediately loaned out to RCD Mallorca. The 19-year-old Colombian defender enjoyed a good spell in Spain before joining aforementioned fellow Liverpool player Taiwo Awoniyi at Gent. He has failed to register a single minute so far.

Being a Klopp purchase I don’t think anyone doubts the potential of Arroyo, and we’ll hope he’ll feature in the first team alongside Virgil van Dijk in a year or two.

Connor Randall

One of the few Scousers that are in the team, Randall has never seemed likely to succeed at his boyhood club. He’s currently on a short-term loan deal at League One side Rochdale and is yet to make a start for them, having enjoyed not so successful spells at Shrewsbury Town and Heart of Midlothian.

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The 23-year-old right-back has only registered 3 appearances for the Reds’ senior team in his 17-year stay at the club and it might be time for him to seek a lower league side to kick-start his career.

Shamal George

Known for featuring as a striker in a friendly victory against Huddersfield, the 20-year-old English goalkeeper is currently loaned out at League 2 side Tranmere Rovers as a backup goalkeeper for a short term, having been a backup at Carlisle United the season before.

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Having penned a contract extension this summer, it will be hard for George to climb the pecking order with the club having Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher, but he has to prove himself in League 2 nevertheless.

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