Brexit, Brexit, Brexit. It just seems to drag on and on, doesn’t it? Whilst we’ve left the EU – kind of? The ramifications of the withdrawal are still yet to be seen. However, the whole debacle could impact us where it really matters: football. We take a look at how Brexit could impact Liverpool in the transfer market.
At the minute Premier League sides can register no more than 17 ‘non home-grown’ players in their squad of 25, meaning they need at least eight home grown players.
With immigration a key issue of Brexit negotiations, there has been murmurings that the withdrawal could lead to EU players being refused work permits for their moves to the Premier League.
Further to this, the Premier League could use the situation to justify more draconian regulations in favour of home grown footballers.
To qualify as a home grown player (HGP) a footballer has to be trained at the club for three years before their 21st birthday.
This means that despite not being English, Sepp Van Den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever will qualify as HGPs.
With concerns over the ability to register non-British players in the future, in the summer we could see Liverpool focus on signing English footballers and players young enough to qualify as home-grown in the future.
Brexit could also see Liverpool continue to sign players of a similar profile to Van Den Berg and Hoever: teenagers from abroad with a bright future.
Thankfully, this wouldn’t be dramatic departure from the current transfer policy. Since Jürgen Klopp’s arrival there has been a focus on players under the age of 26-years-old. With the first team tied down to long term contracts we can expect this age to drop even further.
Whilst the sporting ramifications of Brexit remain to be seen, we can expect the potential impacts to be in the back of Michael Edwards’ mind over the summer.