Liverpool have big decisions to make on six of their loanees as we approach summer 2019. We assess the future of each.
Harry Wilson – LFC apps: 1; Derby apps/goals: 46/17
The Welshman has enjoyed a great season with Derby County, helping them to the Championship Play-Off final. Wilson has scored 17 goals and had some memorable moments – a sensational free-kick against Manchester United the pick of the bunch.
As for his future, it’s hard to decide. He’s just about proven that he’s good enough for a place in the squad, but is that enough? A second season in the Championship isn’t good for anyone – it won’t develop him much further- and it may come down to whether a Premier League club wants him on loan. You’d imagine at least one club would love to.
That would likely be the best option – but he may also fit the bill for Liverpool this summer.
Ryan Kent – LFC apps: 1; Rangers apps/goals: 39/6
He has been excellent for Rangers, winning the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year award. Back when Liverpool lacked wingers and depth out wide, he’d have had his chance.
That isn’t the case now, though. He’s only 22 years old and so his value is high after this season – a sale might be best for all. A loan within the Premier League could work well, however, potentially raising his value and allowing a better look at him. But there needs to be a club offering decent game time or his value will fall.
Marko Grujic – LFC apps: 14; Hertha Berlin apps/goals: 22/5
Much like the previous two, he’d have certainly earned himself a place in the squad a few years ago. The depth in midfield is great, though, creating a problem for Grujic.
Hertha Berlin love him and he’s been a great success there. Given he’s been a Liverpool player for four years now, it would seem a strange time to give up on him. A large offer for him would be worth taking but if not, another loan seems likely.
Sheyi Ojo – LFC apps/goals: 13/1; Stade Reims apps/goals: 18/1
Unfortunately, it seems as though Ojo won’t make it at Liverpool. His loan to Stade Reims hasn’t been good, with just three starts in Ligue 1, the last of which was in early December.
He turns 22 in the summer and he’ll surely depart permanently.
Ovie Ejaria – LFC apps: 8; Rangers apps/goals: 28/2; Reading apps/goals: 16/1
A disappointing loan to Rangers was followed by a better one at Reading. Still, he hasn’t set the Championship alight like Wilson.
Again, it looks difficult for him to make it at Liverpool, now he’s 21. Another departure is likely, this time for good.
Nathaniel Clyne – LFC apps/goals: 103/2; Bournemouth apps: 15
Much was made of Jurgen Klopp’s decision to loan Clyne out. In hindsight, though, it was the right decision. He hasn’t played his way back into Liverpool’s plans, although it was difficult after injuries had kept him out for so long.
Eddie Howe has praised his impact but says it’s “wait and see” whether he makes a move for him. If he doesn’t, another side surely will. We’ve likely seen the last of Clyne at Liverpool.