Liverpool’s Under-23s could lose six players during the January transfer window, according to reports.
Barry Lewtas’ youngsters have had an excellent start to the Premier League 2 campaign. They are just one point behind Derby Country, with many talented stars in the ranks.
However, the Liverpool Echo report that things could be more difficult in the New Year if the team is decimated. Many players have been linked with a winter outing and Lewtas is hoping he can keep his team together.
Yasser Larouci, Caoimhin Kelleher and Liam Millar appear vulnerable after having already flirted with leaving. Larouci, 19, looked set to leave this summer while goalkeeper Kelleher was linked on a loan.
Canada International Miller has also generated interest in the lending market. Selected eight times by the North Americans, the 21-year-old forward could be on his way early next year.
19-year-old midfielder Abdi Sharif could apply for a loan in the winter window. Having missed much of the previous season due to a previous cross injury, he is late for the game.
Sepp van den Berg made four first-team appearances last season but remain with the Under-23s.
Jurgen Klopp could sign a defender in January to cover the loss of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez. This suggests that the former PEC starlet Zwolle may not be in the plans of the German and that a loan is offered.
The Reds will also have to make a decision on the future of Joe hardy. The 22-year-old moved to Anfield from Brentford in January this year. Having worked his way up through Manchester City, he is highly rated but did not sign a new deal last summer.
The Boy Scouts will undoubtedly be present in the last four Under-23 games before the window opens. There is a lot of talent on display and expect a few to leave for the second half of the campaign.
Van Dijk could be back for the ‘big games’
While Liverpool’s young talent is indisputable, Klopp knows just how Van Dijk is to his cause. It is unclear whether he will play again in 2020-2021, but a Liverpool legend looks confident.
Michael Owen, who has scored 118 top-level goals for the club, backed him to back to the end of the company.
He said talkSPORT: “He’s a big failure, but hey, who says he won’t come back for these big games at the end of the season?
“A cruciate ligament injury lasts like five to six months if everything goes perfectly. So you never know. It’s a big blow.
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