Three of Liverpool’s young attacking players have been earmarked for loan moves for next season, according to the Daily Star’s Liverpool reporter Chris McKenna.
In a Q&A with the Daily Star, the journalist said that he expects Ryan Kent and Harry Wilson to go back out on loan, while Ben Woodburn may also be loaned out.
In the Daily Star Q&A, McKenna added that Rhian Brewster and Xherdan Shaqiri are likely to be used regularly next season and that Lille’s Nicolas Pepe will not be moving to Anfield.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp praised the 22-year-old’s performance in the friendly defeat to Sevilla this week, saying to LFC TV [via Football Scotland]: “He is a wonderful kid, a wonderful player. Very good moments in pre-season, but it is for all the boys always a big challenge as well to show up.”
The Wales international had a very successful loan spell at Derby last term, ending the year with 18 goals and six assists in 49 games to record match averages of 0.37 goals and 0.12 assists.
He has featured in several of Liverpool’s pre-season fixtures and scored in the 2-3 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in a bid to stake a claim for competitive first-team action at Anfield next season.
Woodburn has had greater exposure to the Liverpool first team than Kent or Wilson, featuring 11 times for the Reds and becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer in just his second game.
Klopp is likely to stick with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino as his first-choice front three next season, given that the trio scored 69 goals between them in 2018/19.
Divock Origi could also be in contention for regular appearances after his Champions League heroics against Barcelona and Tottenham earlier this year, while Brewster has excelled with four goals in pre-season and Shaqiri, scorer of six goals last season, is also pushing for inclusion.
Given the level of competition for forward places in Liverpool’s squad, it is difficult to envisage any of Kent, Wilson or Woodburn getting much game-time at Anfield next term.
They will likely need loan moves to get regular action in 2019/20, but Liverpool could also afford to cash in if a club came calling with a reasonable bid to buy any of those three outright, as they would still have plenty of quality forward options to call upon.
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