Liverpool have loaned five players so far this summer but more youngsters are expected to head out for a temporary move away in the final fortnight of the transfer window.
One of those could be winger Harry Wilson, who has missed most of pre-season due to injury.
The 20-year-old Welshman enjoyed an impressive campaign with the Liverpool Under-23s last season, captaining the side and providing 19 goals and 12 assists in the Premier League 2 campaign.
Speaking to This Is Anfield on Friday, new Under-23s manager Neil Critchley updated on Wilson’s injury and hinted at a loan move being on the cards.
“Harry’s had an unfortunate pre-season, interrupted by injury,” explained Critchley. “I’m not sure how close he is to returning – he returned a couple of weeks ago and had a setback, so hs first port of call is to build up his fitness.”
Despite impressive performances for the Under-23s, Wilson wasn’t able to get a chance to further his first-team aspirations after making his debut as a sub in the FA Cup tie at Plymouth in January.
“I’m sure at some point he’ll be wanting that first-team exposure, whether that’s here or out on loan somewhere,” acknowledged Critchley.
While Wilson then is perhaps only likely to leave on loan, another who will certainly need a temporary home is Brazilian midfielder Allan Rodrigues, who spent last season with Hertha Berlin in Germany.
“He won’t be with us because of work permit issues,” explained Critchley.
“He’s been with us for a little bit of pre-season but his situation is going to be similar to last season where he’ll be possibly be going out on loan somewhere, I’m not sure where.”
So far this summer, Sheyi Ojo (Fulham), Connor Randall (Hearts), Pedro Chirivella (Willem II), Shamal George (Carlisle United) and Taiwo Awoniyi (Mouscron) have headed out on loan. Last summer 13 players were loaned.
Liverpool Under-23s have their first home game of the season against Sunderland at Prenton Park on Sunday (2pm kickoff). Tickets are just £3 for adults, £1 for kids and season ticket holders get in free.
It’s a good opportunity to see the future of the club, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn, Wilson and Ovie Ejaria all making their first-team debuts last season. The likes of Woodburn, Ejaria, Joe Gomez, Danny Ings and Rhian Brewster are all expected to feature on Sunday.