Liverpool duo Harvey Elliott and Harry Wilson have joined Blackburn Rovers and Cardiff City respectively on loan according to reports. It gives the club a chance to recreate a financial masterstroke that worked perfectly this summer.

BBC Sport confirmed that Elliott had completed a one-year loan move to Ewood Park while Sky Sports announced that Wilson’s footballing talents had been taken back to his homeland at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Liverpool’s decision to sanction two separate loan deals on the same day indicates that first-team prospects for both players were very-much limited in Jurgen Klopp’s squad that is littered in world-class talent.

And with that in mind, Liverpool could be looking towards repeating a trick that worked wonders for them as early as last month.

Liverpool want to maintain the value of both young players by finding the attacking duo a footballing home that utilises their talents on a weekly basis – which is something that the Reds just can’t offer at this moment in time.

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 08: Rhian Brewster of Swansea City celebrates at full time with Steve Cooper Head Coach of Swansea City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Swansea City at the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium on July 08, 2020 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

It’s worked before

The club risks losing value on two players who undeniably have bright futures in the game by keeping them hidden away with the U23 setup. By loaning them both to the Championship, Liverpool could benefit similar to a certain player who wreaked havoc in England’s second-tier last season – Rhian Brewster.

Liverpool recently sold Brewster, 20, to Sheffield United for an eye-watering £23.5 million [BBC] deal which was only made possible due to his time in the Championship with Swansea City.

Brewster was able to command such a gargantuan figure despite still not having made a PL appearance because of his six-month loan spell in south-Wales. In that period, the England U21 international clocked up 22 appearances and scored 11 goals.

His time under Steve Cooper, which saw the Swans just miss out on the play-off final at Wembley certainly attracted a lot of attention. For large periods of the summer transfer window, Brewster had as many as seven Premier League clubs with a serious interest in locking down his services for the 2020/21 season.

Sheffield United and Chris Wilder eventually won that particular race but it didn’t come cheaply – Liverpool could look to reap similar rewards with either Wilson or Elliott if they kick-on in the Championship this season.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Harry Wilson and Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on September 26, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Earning trust

Both Blackburn and Cardiff have promotion intentions this season with the latter also narrowly missing out on the play-off finals last season. And this all ties in with Brewster.

It took only six months for Brewster to convince Premier League clubs that he had earnt a reputation that was worth breaking the bank for.

That’s got to be a trick worth repeating. After all, the Reds are notoriously careful about how they select loan offers from potential suitors. Liverpool will have picked both clubs carefully before sanctioning both deals in the knowledge that it was beneficial both for the club and just as equally, the player.

Thus Liverpool can now focus on the players they already have at Melwood entrusting the youth system that has seen the club rake in over £100 million on the likes of Brewster, Ki-Jana Hoever, Ovie Ejaria, Domonic Solanke, Jordan Ibe, Brad Smith, Danny Ward and Raheem Sterling in recent years.

Brewster became a plus £20 million player in just under six months. There is no reason that both Elliott and Wilson can’t replicate similar financial gain for their parent clubs by driving up their value through sustained performance levels over the course of the 2020/21 season.

It’s a trick that saw Michael Edwards strike gold this summer. Could lightning be on course to strike again in 2021?

 

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