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Liverpool: Herbie Kane could soon be given first team chance at Anfield

Liverpool: Herbie Kane could soon be given first team chance at Anfield

Liverpool are planning to integrate young midfielder Herbie Kane into the first-team in the near future and have no intention of letting the player leave Anfield.

Football Insider reported that the Reds are planning an imminent first-team role for the 20-year-old and could phase him into the first-team picture in Carabao Cup games after impressing the club’s coaching staff recently.

Football Insider claimed last month that Rangers made an approach to sign him on loan for this season, with the same publication adding that Swansea and Hull were among several Football League clubs to show an interest in the midfielder.

Kane spent last season on loan at Doncaster, where he scored seven goals in 49 appearances in all competitions (one in seven games) in his role as a box-to-box midfielder.

However, with three of those being scored against Chorley in the FA Cup, he netted just four times in 40 League One outings, a ratio of one goal per 10 games.

He was not selected in Liverpool’s squad for their pre-season tour of USA, which featured several of his team-mates in the under-23 side. [via This Is Anfield]

Daniel Atherton, Sepp van den Berg, Yasser Larouci, Adam Lewis, Ki-Jana Hoever, Curtis Jones, Ryan Kent, Rhian Brewster and Bobby Duncan were all included on that tour, but Kane was left at home. [via This Is Anfield]

A scout report on Soccersouls described the 20-year-old as “immensely calm in front of goal” and “a clinical finisher both from inside the box as well as from a long way out“.

Liverpool may have had two of last season’s three joint-top Premier League scorers in Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, but goals from midfield have been sorely lacking for the Reds.

None of their midfield players have found the net so far this season, with just 17 goals coming from midfield last season (James Milner seven, Georginio Wijnaldum five, Naby Keita three, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson one each), and even those figures are significantly skewed by Milner’s five successful penalties in 2018/19.

If Kane is to become the goalscoring midfield presence that Liverpool currently lack, a record of one goal every 10 games in League One doesn’t suggest that he will be prolific at Premier League level.

Also, with the Reds allowing the likes of Kent, Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson, Ovie Ejaria and Sheyi Ojo out on multiple loan spells, a lot of youngsters at the club have found it very difficult to establish themselves in the first-team squad under Jurgen Klopp.

Kane could get his chance in the Carabao Cup, especially with Liverpool up against League One opposition in MK Dons, but with none of the under-23 side appearing for the Reds’ first team since the season started, don’t expect to see much of him at Anfield in 2019/20 if he stays at the club.

Liverpool fans, do you think Kane could succeed in getting into the first team unlike many other youngsters at the club? Comment below with your views!

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