Liverpool have reached an agreement with Brentford to extend academy winger Sergi Canos’ loan deal until the end of the season, suiting both parties.
Canos joined the Bees at the end of August, and has impressed in a regular role for the Championship side so far.
The Spaniard has made enough of an impression for new Brentford manager Dean Smith to seek an extension for his loan move, which was set to expire at the end of 2015.
Canos will now stay at Brentford until the end of the season, as the club revealed on Sunday evening.
A skilful 18-year-old winger, capable of operating in a number of positions in the forward line, Canos took to Twitter to express his joy at extending his terms, saying he was “proud.”
Lasse Vibe, Canos’ attacking colleague at Griffin Park, described the move as “great news.”
Addressing Canos impact on his first team, Smith said “I have been really pleased with Sergi and he has been progressing really well.
“Even though he is only 18 years old, he has quite an old head on young shoulders.
“He has impressed me so far. He wants to learn and he wants to get better.
“He is enjoying himself here and he gives us something that we haven’t really got here in terms of his direct running and enthusiasm.
“It is encouraging to have a player like Sergi here for the rest of the season.”
Canos has made 15 leagues appearances for Brentford so far in 2015/16, though he has been limited to just four starts, with his energy from the substitutes’ bench giving Smith’s side the edge late on.
He has scored twice, and has registered one assist.
From Liverpool’s perspective, this extension should give Canos more time to develop ahead of a potential promotion to Jurgen Klopp‘s first-team setup next season.
Canos’ move to Brentford has been significantly more successful than those of Harry Wilson and Ryan McLaughlin, who have both returned to the club from temporary spells with Crewe Alexandra and Aberdeen respectively.
Wilson is set to continue his development with U21s, while McLaughlin can come into contention in January.