SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND - Wednesday, August 19, 2015: Liverpool's Jack Dunn in action against Everton during the Under 21 FA Premier League match at Haig Avenue. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

CONFIRMED: Academy striker Jack Dunn joins Morecambe on a 6-month loan

Liverpool U23s striker Jack Dunn has joined League Two side Morecambe on a six-month loan, the Reds confirmed on Saturday.

The 21-year-old scored as Michael Beale’s side beat the Shrimps 2-1 in Saturday afternoon, before sealing a temporary move to the Globe Arena.

Dunn will spend the first half of the season under Jim Bentley, likely operating in his natural centre-forward role.

He becomes the fifth player to leave Liverpool on loan so far this summer, after Adam Bogdan, Danny Ward, Ryan Fulton and Ryan Kent.

This departure comes as part of a reshuffle of the Reds’ academy ranks, with Beale placing a heavy emphasis on youth following the introduction of the Premier League 2 setup.

Despite age restrictions lifted to include players aged 23 and under, along with three over-age outfield players and a goalkeeper, Beale is looking to field a squad with an “average age of 19.”

This leaves players like Dunn on the periphery, and a move to join Bentley’s Morecambe side should be a positive one.

Dunn has previously turned out on loan with Cheltenham Town and Burton Albion, making his debut for the latter against Morecambe, but his 2015/16 campaign was derailed by injury.

Able to play in a number of roles across the forward line, Dunn’s movement, physicality and eye for goal make him a great option for a League Two side.

The local lad is likely to be followed by further outgoings, with Lloyd Jones among those linked with a loan move away from Merseyside.

Brazilian youngster Allan Rodrigues is poised to join Hertha Berlin, with the midfielder currently on trial with the Bundesliga outfit.

Beale is set to welcome Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Shamal George into his U23s side for the new season, following their inclusion in Jurgen Klopp‘s squad for Liverpool’s US tour.

The young Reds will end their pre-season preparations away to MK Dons on August 1, before kicking off the Premier League 2 campaign against Southampton at Prenton Park (August 14).

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