The most likely destinations for Liverpool’s young loanees this summer

10 June 2019

Liverpool are set to allow a host of youngsters to depart on loan again this summer, with four in particular already attracting interest in England and abroad.


The Reds saw 21 players leave on a temporary basis last season, with 15 of those back at the club following the end of the campaign.

Adam Bogdan, Connor Randall and Corey Whelan have all been released, Danny Ings joins Southampton permanently, Loris Karius will spend another year at Besiktas and Allan Rodrigues is still with Fluminense.

It is set to be another uncertain summer for a number of players, though decisions have seemingly already been made regarding some.

According to Goal‘s Neil Jones, Liverpool are considering approaches for Kamil Grabara, Herbie Kane, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn ahead of 2019/20.

All four spent time away from the Reds on loan last season, though with mixed results as two thrived and two struggled.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Saturday, November 18, 2017: Liverpool's Herbie Kane during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Everton at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Kane was one of the standout performers from the club’s 21 loanees, scoring seven and assisting 10 in 49 games in his first campaign as a senior professional at League One side Doncaster.

Now, the 20-year-old is due to make the step up to the Championship, with Brentford and Millwall making enquiries, though Hibernian are “also in the race.”

Grabara fell just short of a Europa League playoff place with AGF Aarhus, but received widespread plaudits for his displays between the sticks with the Danish Superliga side.

Next season he is likely to head out on another loan in search of first-team experience, and Jones claims he “has interest” from clubs in Germany and Belgium.

A switch to a side in the Bundesliga, if they are able to offer a regular starting role, would be a huge step forward for the hyper-confident 20-year-old.

Woodburn’s time with Sheffield United was a miserable one, and after the Wales international’s time at Bramall Lane was cut short at the end of 2018 he is in line for another Championship move.

Wigan Athletic, who finished 18th last season, are named as suitors, though Jones adds that Hull City “had been favourites” but Nigel Adkins’ exit has “changed the landscape.”

MUNICH, GERMANY - Wednesday, August 2, 2017: Liverpool's Oviemuno Ovie Ejaria during the Audi Cup 2017 final match between Liverpool FC and AtlÈtico de Madrid's at the Allianz Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Also heading back to the second tier is Ejaria, who enjoyed an upturn in fortunes with Reading in the second half of this season following a hit-and-miss time at Rangers, and he could stay with the Royals for a full campaign this time around.

Blackburn Rovers are also credited with an interest, though, in a player who made eight appearances for Liverpool’s first team in 2016/17.

Grabara, Kane, Woodburn and Ejaria are not the only youngsters expected to leave Merseyside on loan this summer.

Sheyi Ojo is on Rangers’ radar and Curtis Jones is also on the market, while Liam Millar, Nat Phillips, Shamal George and Tony Gallacher could feasibly head out.

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