Five Liverpool players who would benefit from a loan


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.

Raheem Sterling

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 21, 2013: Liverpool's Raheem Sterling looks dejected after missing a chance against Southampton during the Premiership match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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.

Jon Flanagan

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.

Tiago Ilori

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 17, 2013: Liverpool's Tiago Ilori in action against Sunderland during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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?

Michael Ngoo

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.

Adam Morgan

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Monday, September 23, 2013: Liverpool's Adam Morgan celebrates scoring the first goal against Manchester City during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at Ewen Fields. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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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  1. Can’t imagine Liverpool got so many players out on loan. Totally agree with this article. If I might add 1 more player and that is Jordan Ibe.

    • Couldn’t agree more. Ibe, IMO, is probably the brightest that we have in the reserves right now and definitely needs/deserves a loan opportunity.

    • Absolutely, Ibe has outgrown U21 football and needs to be extended, tested, against experienced streetwise defenders.

      I think it’s too soon for Ilori. He’s a hell of a prospect, but needs to bed in this season, maybe a loan spell next year at Championship or Premiership level before he’s ready for the first team.

  2. Very much agreed. I think next year, even with the return of European football and Capitol One, Rodgers will probably be putting his first team forward for at least some kind of cup run. The year after I see our youth getting to play the Capitol and FA for experience.

    • Toure is okay at RB but it definitely is not his choice position. If Kelly can stay fit, he will probably be great competition/coverage for Johnson. If he can’t, however, we need to bring in another RB. We’ve been without coverage far too long. Having to play the likes of Sterling at RB because there is no other option is mind boggling.

      • I would buy a backup RB in January if a target became available. Kelly can not be relied upon and will take many more months to get up to speed. He is the next Fabio Aurelio. A quality choice when fit, but just can’t be relied upon as a #1 RB due to being a sick note.

  3. By the way, how many junior players have broken into the first team to play regular first team football over the past, say, 10-15 years? I don’t mean those who have played a handful of game as subs but have truly established themselves.

  4. I seriously hope Sterling becomes the player we all want him to be, and I think Ibe would also benefit from a loan.

    • I think you’re right Ben. He seems to have finally calmed down and hopefully this time it will stick. The fact that we are actually in contention for a top four finish, with him at the centre of things, has probably made him want to stick it out a bit longer.

  5. If they are young and are showing the potential needed then a lone spell could be in the best interests of Liverpool F.C if their not sell them, there,s no point having lots of average players it,s quality that counts.

  6. Both Sterling and Ibe need to go out on loans IMO. Rodgers clearly does rate Sterling very highly, and from what we’ve seen of him last season, he really was one of the brightest talents to come out and make an impact. Raheem deserves to play in the Premiership.

    • Martin Kelly has barely kicked a ball in 18th months, Jonjo is now with Swansea and it remains to be seen if the other 3 lads mentioned will prove to be a success. My point is that i do not think loaning players has ever really benefitted Liverpool as a team. Either try to develop them in-house by playing them in the “lesser” competitions (it would help if we were involved in a few more competitions i suppose) or sell them.

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