Rhys Williams endured a miserable loan spell at Swansea City last season, making just seven appearances, only four of them as starts.
The transfer market only opened recently, but Liverpool wasted no time getting stuck.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have secured the signing of highly rated Darwin Nunez from Benfica for a fee of up to £85million. This acquisition partly softens the blow of the loss of legendary striker Sadio Mane, following his decision to join Bayern Munich. As well as Nunez, Liverpool have also brought in Calvin Ramsay and Fabio Carvalho.
In terms of exits, as well as Mane, Divock Origi and Sheyi Ojo have been released while attention has turned to securing loan deals for some of the club’s young players. Earlier this week, right-back Conor Bradley joined League 1 side Bolton Wanderers on a season-long loan and fellow countryman Adam Lewis agreed to a temporary stay with the County League 2 club. Newport.
Here, Soccer Mirror identifies four other Liverpool youngsters who could benefit from loans at the next Championship.
Liverpool striker Gordon is still just 17 but impressed enough to earn a handful of senior appearances for Klopp’s side last season. He arrived from Derby at the start of 2021, having made just one solitary outing for the Rams but with high billing.
A loan move to an EFL side, whether for a full campaign or half a season, could be the perfect next step in his development. There would no doubt be plenty of Championship clubs interested too.
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Midfielder Morton made nine first-team appearances last season for the Reds, showing plenty of promise in his few cameos, which included outings against Porto and AC Milan. A loan move to a second-tier club could be the ideal scenario that would help him get used to the intensity of the Premier League.
Having joined the Reds aged just seven, Morton is determined to secure a first-team shirt in the future. He said after his senior debut last season: “It’s a different feeling to any other feeling, especially your boyhood club, as everyone knows.
“Having been a fan all my life and now stepping onto the pitch was surreal. But that’s where I want to be, so that’s where I’m going to push to be.”
The Reds have secured the signing of Scottish defender Ramsay for a fee of around £4m with further additions likely to take the deal up to £6.5m. The 18-year-old caught the eye of Aberdeen last season and that was enough to persuade Liverpool to offer him a five-year deal.
Always raw, Ramsay would be a huge blow for any Championship club but, for now, Klopp is just happy to have the youngster on board and in the building. The Reds boss said: “To sign so early in the window is fantastic for him because it means he will be with us for pre-season.
“It helps a lot, especially for a younger signing. We are all looking forward to working with him and seeing him improve and develop.”
Defender Williams has endured an unforgettable 2021-22 season. After breaking into the first team the previous season, a loan move to Championship side Swansea should have been the springboard for him to continue.
But the centre-half only made seven outings for the Swans and the deal was terminated midway through the campaign. Although the move didn’t work out, Williams posted an emotional post after his departure.
He wrote: “Hollowed it didn’t go to plan but it’s been a pleasure to be a Swan for the time I’ve been given. I wish the club all the best for the future. A times a Jack always a Jack.”
Now 21, Williams will be hoping for a much better experience next season and will surely be on the watch list of many Championship clubs.