Why Liverpool recalled left-back from loan – as explained by Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has lavished praise upon Owen Beck, with the Liverpool youngster being tipped for a start in Sunday’s trip to Arsenal.

With the Reds’ options at left-back having been thinned by injuries to Kostas Tsimikas and Andy Robertson, they have opted to recall Beck from a loan stint at Dundee early.

The 21-year-old had been earning rave reviews for his performances across 17 Scottish Premiership appearances that returned two goals.

And he could now be in line for an FA Cup outing at the Emirates Stadium, as Klopp looks to protect his only fit senior left-back option, Joe Gomez.

On Beck, the Liverpool boss said: “We were always pretty positive about Owen, but then he had two really difficult loan spells [at Famalicao and Bolton last season].

“It was a surprise that it didn’t work out because of what we thought about Owen, but that’s how it is with young boys.

“When you send them away from home, plenty of things can happen.

“Things always have to fit well – it must be the right manager, must be the right team, if they have another left-back there who is experienced.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 8, 2021: Liverpool's Owen Beck during the pre-match warm-up before a pre-season friendly match between Liverpool FC and Athletic Club de Bilbao at Anfield. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“There are so many things which can make a loan spell not really happen.

“But at Dundee everything was fine and he made big steps.

“Now the situation here is clear – we lost two of our left-backs so it makes a sense to bring back a boy we like who is available to us.”

Beck is one of five players to return to Liverpool from loan spells so far this month, joining Fabio Carvalho, Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams and James Balagizi.

Later in his press conference, Klopp confirmed the club’s plans for both Phillips and Williams.