“I’m happy to talk about it” – Cameron Brannagan open to summer loan move

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Liverpool midfielder Cameron Brannagan has revealed he is open to the possibility of leaving the club on loan this summer.

The Reds have already been approached by Championship side Wigan Athletic over Brannagan’s availability, but saw their enquiry rejected.

Brannagan is believed to be a big part of Jurgen Klopp‘s plans for the future, and started alongside Lucas Leiva in midfield for the first game of Liverpool’s pre-season.

Klopp is unlikely to sanction many loans at this early stage of the summer, with only goalkeepers Ryan Fulton and Danny Ward departing in the first weeks of the transfer window to Chesterfield Town and Huddersfield Town respectively.

But speaking at the start of a “massive” pre-season, Brannagan suggested he would discuss the possibility of a temporary move for 2016/17.

“I’m only a young lad and loans are a big thing at my age—going out and experiencing what it’s like to play,” he said.

“I don’t really know what I’ll be doing yet; I’ll speak to the gaffer about it in my own time and when the gaffer wants to speak to me, I’m happy to talk about it.

“But I’m just going to keep training and working hard, and when the games come try to impress the manager as much as I can.

“That’s my aim this year—train hard and work hard and see where it takes me.”

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 15, 2016: Liverpool's Cameron Brannagan in action against West Bromwich Albion during the final Premier League match of the season at the Hawthorns. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brannagan also underlined the importance of impressing Klopp this summer, as the German builds his squad for his first full campaign in charge.

“Everyone is dying to impress the manager; he is the new manager and everyone is keen to get going,” he continued.

“You can see that in training with everyone working so hard, especially with the running we’re doing—everyone is running their socks off.

“To get fit and to be able to play to your best potential, that’s what you need to do.”

It is likely that Klopp looks to keep Brannagan on Merseyside, with the future of fellow midfielders Lucas and Joe Allen in doubt.

The former U21s captain could offer an alternative to summer targets Mahmoud Dahoud and Piotr Zielinski, with Liverpool’s moves for the young pair so far stalling.

Liverpool won’t be short of loan offers if Brannagan does become available, and are already said to have been approached from lower-tier clubs for the likes of Brad Smith, Ryan Kent and Kevin Stewart.

Brannagan finds himself at a crucial stage in his career at 20, but with Liverpool set enter contract talks this summer, Klopp has clearly outlined a future role.

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