In recent years we’ve seen a host of Liverpool players out on loan each season. At one point last year we had over 10 players out on loan at the same time, courtesy of a bloated squad and high profile players like Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani surplus to requirements.
This season Liverpool have just four players out on loan; Andy Carroll at West Ham, Jay Spearing at Bolton and youngsters Henoc Muckendi and Villyan Bijev at Northampton and IK Start of Norway, respectively.
Spearing, 23, made 25 appearances for Liverpool last season but new manager Brendan Rodgers allowed him to drop down a level to join Championship side Bolton in order to get first-team football.
Wanderers have been struggling to re-adjust since their relegation, recently sacking Owen Coyle and appointing former Liverpool assistant manager and Bolton boss, Sammy Lee in joint temporary control.
Spearing scored his first goal for Bolton on his eighth appearance, as they came from 2-0 down to beat Bristol City 3-2.
Henoc Muckendi was a substitute as Northampton were hammered 4-0 by an Edgar Davids inspired Barnet on Friday night. The 18 year old winger is yet to start a League game for the League Two side, but did score his first goal in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy recently.
Villyan Bijev is an American youngster who was signed last year and is out on loan in order to accumulate enough first team experience in order to gain a work permit to play in England.