Liverpool already have ten players out on loan this season – with another two, Michael Ngoo and Joao Carlos Teixeira having returned from their respective loans early.
Here’s five more Liverpool players currently not in the manager’s plans who could benefit from a spell out on loan getting regular competitive action.
It’s easy to forget that Raheem Sterling is still only 18 years-old and many have placed unrealistic expectations upon him at this stage in his development – not helped by his over-exposure to first-team football last year at this time.
Within Rodgers’ currently system, which sees Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge as a front-two, there is no real place for a winger of which Sterling is. Whether that be in the 3-4-1-2 formation or the narrow 4-4-2 used against Fulham most recently.
A loan, perhaps to a Championship side were there is less scrutiny and less pressure, would be of huge benefit to Sterling right now, even if only short-term initially.
The 20 year-old was a surprise inclusion for his first appearance in the first-team for 18 months in the defeat at Arsenal recently, but isn’t likely to feature following the return of Glen Johnson from injury.
Some supporters speculated that Flanagan may find himself behind Ryan McLaughlin this season but with Andre Wisdom on loan to Derby County, The Reds are short of right-back cover. Either way, Flanagan could definitely benefit from getting regular first-team football for the first time in his career.
A £7m arrival from Sporting Libson this summer, 20 year-old Ilori is yet to make his debut for the club. He was an unused sub against Sunderland and Crystal Palace, but will only find his opportunities further limited if Rodgers continues with a regular back four than three at the back.
Ilori has Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho all ahead of him and isn’t likely to feature any time soon. A loan to get some much needed Premier League experience would be excellent for his development. The question is, which club would be willing to risk a young centre-back?
Ngoo, the 6ft 6in forward, returned early from his loan spell at Yeovil having made just one League start. He enjoyed a more successful spell in Scotland at Hearts at the end of last season and clearly needs to get regular football to continue his education.
Morgan, 19, is another whose development would benefit from regular football. He was loaned to Rotherham last season but had his deal cut short after playing just over 100 minutes of football for Steve Evans’ side.
He’s a goalscorer who a League One side should take a chance on him.
Update: Morgan has since been linked with a free transfer move to Blackburn.
Players currently out on loan:
Fabio Borini – Season loan to Sunderland (Premier League)
Oussama Assaidi – Season loan to Stoke City (Premier League)
Andre Wisdom – Season loan to Derby County (Championship)
Jack Robinson – Season loan to Blackpool (Championship)
Conor Coady – 6 months loan to Sheffield United (League One)
Pepe Reina – Season loan to Napoli (Serie A)
Suso – Season loan to Almeria (La Liga)
Krisztian Adorjan – Season loan to Groningen (Eredivisie)
Henoc Mukendi – 6 months loan to Partick Thistle (SPL)
Armin Hodzic – Season loan to FK Zeljeznicar, (Bosnian Premijer Liga)
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