A key part of the development of youth players is making sure they get enough exposure to first-team football, either at their parent club or while on loan somewhere else.
The Reds are fully aware of this with wonderkid Harvey Elliott coming on leaps and bounds while out on loan last season with Championship side Blackburn Rovers.
When you’re a club like Liverpool, challenging for trophies on several fronts with a star-studded squad, first-team opportunities for promising youngsters can be few and far between.
In a window were the Reds failed to make waves in the market in terms of incomings for the senior side, the development of the youngsters could be a key factor to whether this season is ultimately considered a success or failure.
A total of 13 youngsters left the Reds on loan, all of which will be hoping to have a season to remember and push on with their development, with the view of having a future at a high level either at Anfield or somewhere else in the future.
Here’s who they are, and where they went:
Leighton Clarkson – Blackburn RoversEmbed from Getty Images
First up is Leighton Clarkson who will be playing in the Championship for Blackburn Rovers this campaign.
Clarkson is one of the few players on this list to have made a Champions League appearance for the Reds, making his second senior start in a group stage draw against FC Midtjylland.
The midfielder is highly thought of on Merseyside, with Jürgen Klopp including him in the matchday squad on several occasions.
If Clarkson can gain some valuable experience and grab a few assists, he could be in for a spell at a Premier League side next season.
After all, Ewood Park was a good training ground for Elliott last season…
Rhys Williams – Swansea CityEmbed from Getty Images
Rhys Williams had an odd campaign last season, becoming a semi-regular for the first team following an injury crisis.
However, Williams stepped up when needed, creating a partnership with Nat Phillips which helped the Reds defeat Man United at Old Trafford.
It seems he’ll be stepping in the place of Marc Guehi who has joined Crystal Palace from his parent club Chelsea.
If Williams can continue his good form from the end of last season for Swansea, he might even be able to secure a role back in the Liverpool first team at some point in the future.
Ben Woodburn – HeartsEmbed from Getty Images
Wales international Ben Woodburn has a rollercoaster of a career so far.
Having broken onto the scene aged just 16, Woodburn has spent time at Oxford United, Blackpool and Sheffield United, failing to make a mark at any of those clubs.
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Still Liverpool’s youngest-ever goalscorer, Woodburn still comes with a big reputation, something he has worked hard to rebuild whilst playing for the u21 side.
If Woodburn can make an impact in Scotland, he could be set for a career at a high level after all.
Sepp van den Berg – Preston North EndEmbed from Getty Images
2018 summer signing Sepp van den Berg has re-joined Preston North End ahead of the season.
He initially joined in January 2021 in a deal which saw Ben Davies join the Reds, though the Englishman is yet to represent the club in a competitive match and has been loaned out to Sheffield United.
Van den Berg has started well this season, already scoring twice.
Still 19, it’s too early to tell what will happen long term, but if the Dutch youth international can have a good season, he could be set for further development at Anfield.
Sheyi Ojo – MillwallEmbed from Getty Images
Every season seems to be the season that it is vital for Sheyi Ojo to really kick on in his career. That is yet to happen, though.
Ojo has spent almost every season on loan since 2015, never managing to net more than five goals in a single campaign.
It was well reported that Liverpool wanted to sell the winger this summer, however no move came up for the 24-year-old.
This loan seems like one last chance to make it with Ojo staring down the barrel of a permanent move next summer.
Paul Glatzel – Tranmere RoversEmbed from Getty Images
Promising German striker Paul Glatzel has had a hard few years, something he will be looking to put behind him at Tranmere Rovers.
Glatzel came back from an anterior cruciate ligament injury back in November 2020 and has been involved with the u21 side ever since.
This season will be his first taste of first-team football, something that could make or break the youngster.
The youngster should aim for 10 or more goals this season, a tally that would be an amazing start for Glatzel in senior football.
Jake Cain – Newport County
Academy free-kick specialist Jake Cain has been sent to join South Wales outfit Newport County for the season.
Newport have lofty ambitions in League Two and clearly see Cain as someone who can make a big impact on the squad for the season.
Cain, much like a few others, will be hoping to make an impression on his first loan spell away and Newport seems to be the perfect place for him to do just that.
Adam Lewis – LivingstonEmbed from Getty Images
Another season and another loan spell for Adam Lewis.
There was a lot of excitement around Lewis when he signed a long-term deal with the Reds back in 2019, but nothing has come from the hype.
A disappointing second half of the season at Plymouth Argyle has summed up his career so far, making a good spell with Livingston even more vital for his future.
Anderson Arroyo – MirandesEmbed from Getty Images
Anderson Arroyo is an interesting case, having never played a game for the Reds.
Arroyo has spent his entire time out on loan, and is still yet to be granted the correct work permit to represent Liverpool.
The Colombian doesn’t seem to be making a big impact out on loan, a bad sign considering he hasn’t played for any big sides.
This season may prove to be a big one in his career. Without making an impact, he may fall into obscurity.
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