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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 9, 2022: Liverpool's Calvin Ramsay during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Derby County FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool confirm they have triggered recall clause for right-back

Liverpool have welcomed back yet another returning loanee this month, after Calvin Ramsay was recalled by the club from his spell at Preston North End.

The right-back made his temporary switch to Deepdale this summer after his 2022/23 campaign on Merseyside was cut short due to injury.

But he only managed to register two senior appearances, having suffered various other fitness complications.

This Is Anfield reported last week that Liverpool were preparing to bring back the 20-year-old, and that move has now been confirmed.

Liverpool and Preston both reported the news on Monday afternoon, with Ramsay having left the Championship side days previous.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Monday, October 31, 2022: Liverpool's Calvin Ramsay during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 6 game between Liverpool FC and SSC Napoli. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Speaking after his side’s victory over Bristol City at the weekend, Lowe admitted that Ramsay’s departure had been in the works.

“We’ve got no information on it yet, but Liverpool are calling him back,” said the Preston manager, as quoted by the Lancashire Post.

“We are just waiting on them to officially announce it, but he has gone back to Liverpool yeah.”

It spells the end of Ramsay’s spell with the Championship side, which began to look inevitable when Lowe left the defender out of seven consecutive matchday squads despite being passed fit to return to the field.

ACCRINGTON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 18, 2022: Liverpool's Calvin Ramsay before the English Football League Trophy Northern Group D match between Accrington Stanley FC and Liverpool FC Under-21's at the Crown Ground. Accrington won 3-2. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Lowe declared the youngster “not ready” having worked his way back to full fitness, and a fresh loan move elsewhere appears to be a likely next step.

An injury to Trent Alexander-Arnold has opened up opportunities at right-back over the coming weeks, but Conor Bradley‘s impressive display against Fulham in the League Cup semi-final makes him a prime candidate for the vacated minutes.

The Scot adds his name to the growing list of returning loanees to Anfield this month, with Fabio Carvalho, Nat Phillips, Owen Beck, Rhys Williams and James Balagizi all seeing their loan spells cut short prematurely.

It remains to be seen whether Ramsay can gain valuable experience between now and the end of the season, but his stay at the Lilywhites has proved to be an ultimately unsuccessful one.

If he were to feature for Liverpool’s first team before the end of January, he would not be able to play a third club this season.