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Report: Liverpool open to the January sale of Herbie Kane; where could he go?

Liverpool are reportedly open to the January sale of one of their prized youngsters with the club willing to offload Herbie Kane despite an impressive display in the Reds’ 5-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday.

Kane, 21 was handed his first-ever start for Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup – only his second LFC appearance. The former Bristol City academy prospect flourished for the European champions and left the field with immense credit in a Reds team that had an average age of just 19.

According to reports from The Mirror, it could have been Kane’s farewell appearance for Liverpool with the club. The talented midfielder has been a regular for Neil Critchley’s Liverpool U23 side this season making eight Premier League 2 appearances and scoring two goals.

Kane had a breakthrough season in the professional game during the 2018/19 campaign. The former Doncaster Rover’s star clocked up 49 appearances for the Yorkshire based side – playing a part in a staggering 17 goals in that period. He scored seven times whilst registering 10 assists. Kane was also part of the League One Team of the Season for 2019.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER: Herbie Kane of Liverpool runs with the ball during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Aston Villa and Liverpool FC at Villa Park on December 17, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Kane has proven he has a promising career at the elite level of football. Sadly for the Bristol-born playmaker, Liverpool’s unwavering success has meant limited opportunities to break into the Reds’ lucrative first team.

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Having thrived in the League One surroundings Kane’s most likely destination would be the Championship.

 

Kane was part of Doncaster’s promotion push last season and was one match away from Wembley but sadly missed out after losing to Charlton Athletic on penalties.

Leeds United have proven through talented manager Marcelo Bielsa that there is a platform for young upcoming players. Tyler Roberts and Jack Harrison especially have thrived under the Argentinian’s tutelage.

The Whites are currently second in the championship and are looking for a return to the Premier League for the first time since 2004. With injuries currently to Roberts, Jamie Shackleton and Adam Forshaw at Elland Road, Kane could immediately emerge as a quick fix.

Liverpool are willing to sell Kane on a permanent deal so any loan move would seem unlikely.

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