Reports in Portugal claim that Rafa Camacho will leave Liverpool to join Sporting on loan for 18 months.
The 18-year-old played the full 90 minutes against Wolves on Monday evening but looks set to leave almost immediately.
O Jogo say that Camacho will tie up a loan to Sporting in the next few days. It’s a puzzling move as the deal will take Camacho to the end of his Liverpool contract. For a player clearly rated enough to play for the club, it’s an unusual decision.
Camacho developed as a midfielder but Klopp has used him at right back in both pre-season and on Monday. It made him appear to be a beneficiary of Nathaniel Clyne’s loan to Bournemouth, with Camacho placed well to fill in if necessary.
Now he looks set to return to Portugal instead, leaving Liverpool with two fewer options at right-back than they had a week ago.
Klopp clearly rates Camacho to a decent extent. He wouldn’t have featured so much in pre-season nor been given 90 minutes on Monday if he didn’t.
But the loan to Sporting leaves Liverpool without another look at Camacho before his contract ends.
He’ll have to earn an Anfield future from Portugal – far from an easy task. Camacho is still a teenager, after all. H’ll now need to break into a new team and play well enough to impress a club in another country.
You have to believe that Liverpool know what they’re doing, otherwise little about this makes sense. Camacho is an option in a position with few of them, he’s just been given a debut, and he looks promising.
Monday’s game now appears to be his sole performance in red, however. Perhaps he wants the move or Klopp doesn’t see him as a right-back long-term.
Fact is, we don’t know the real reasons, yet. This is a puzzling one to explain without them.