Liverpool are reportedly willing to listen to any offers for young midfielder Herbie Kane in January, which would mark a volte-face by the club in their opinion of the player.
Football Insider reported on Monday that the Anfield club would be open to interest in the 20-year-old, with some sources from within Liverpool doubting his ability to progress into the first team long-term.
That report comes less than two months after Football Insider claimed that the Reds were planning to integrate him into the first team this season and would not countenance any possible transfer for the player, with the same publication citing Rangers, Swansea and Hull as interested parties.
Kane was given his first-team debut at Liverpool in last month’s Carabao Cup win over MK Dons, when he came on as a substitute for the final eight minutes. [via TransferMarkt]
However, fellow Anfield youngsters Rhian Brewster, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Ki-Jana Hoever and Caoimhin Kelleher all started that game, while Kane has made only three appearances in Premier League 2 for the Reds’ under-23 team so far this season.
He had a decent loan spell at Doncaster in League One last term, scoring seven goals in 49 appearances in all competitions in a box-to-box midfield role. However, those figures are skewed by three of the goals coming against non-league Chorley in the FA Cup.
Also, while Jurgen Klopp brought a host of young players such as Daniel Atherton, Sepp van den Berg, Yasser Larouci, Adam Lewis, Hoever, Jones and Brewster on the first team’s pre-season tour of USA in July, Kane stayed put on Merseyside. [via This Is Anfield]
Such is the competition for places in Liverpool’s midfield that experienced England internationals such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana have struggled for gametime this season, playing for just 334 and 111 minutes respectively in the Reds’ 13 matches in all competitions.
Kane scored only four goals in 40 League One games for Doncaster last season, which doesn’t suggest that he’ll make any great impact at top-flight level with Liverpool.
Also, with other youngsters at the club getting more senior recognition than him, right now it seems hard to imagine the 20-year-old establishing himself at Anfield, so it’s understandable why the Reds’ hierarchy now see him as dispensable if the right offer comes in.
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