The report claims that a number of talented players could leave the Reds in search of first-team chances, including Yasser Larouci, Abdi Sharif, Sepp van den Berg, Caoimhin Kelleher, Liam Millar and Joe Hardy.
Barry Lewtas’ under-23 team are currently flying high in Premier League 2 with the Reds clocking up 15 points from an available 21.
However, his squad could look dramatically different in 2021.
Larouci, 19, has clocked up two appearances at left-back for the U23s this season after he was expected to leave the club following a decision to turn down a contract extension in July.
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According to BBC Sport, Leeds United and Brentford had previously expressed an interest to sign the France U19 international and could come in again for Larouci in January.
Sharif, 19, signed a long-term contract extension in the summer after the versatile defender suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury last year.
He has since made a full recovery and has registered seven appearances already for the U23s this season. Sharif will turn 20 in January and could look for first-team experience to improve his long-term career prospects.
Academy graduates Caoimhin Kelleher and Liam Millar had also held interest in the summer window with a number of clubs interested in striking a loan deal with Liverpool.
Both remained at Liverpool but given both players are 21, the Reds duo may feel as if their development could be bettered in a first-team environment as opposed to Premier League 2.
Van den Berg meanwhile, is one of the more high-profile names to feature on the reported potential exit list. The Netherlands U19’s international signed for the Reds from PEC Zwolle back in June 2019.
Liverpool paid an initial £1.3m for the teenager with the centre back having famously broken the record for being the youngest player to reach 10 appearances in the Dutch Eredivisie.
Since joining he has impressed for the U23s side, he also made four first team appearances in his first season at Anfield.
Liverpool striker Hardy finds himself in a rather unique position as opposed to the other aforementioned names.
The ECHO report that Liverpool do not tend to allow players of his age to remain in the Under-23 set-up, without making the jump into first-team training or being loaned out.
With that said, a decision on the former Manchester City prospect could be imminent with Hardy currently behind Millar in Lewtas’ attacking pecking order.
Liverpool already out of the Carabao Cup meaning it is increasingly unlikely that Klopp can offer Hardy a viable route into his first-team set-up, especially with the likes of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Divock Origi ahead of him in the attacking pecking order.
As a result, a loan move seems the best result for all parties invovled.
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Even in the absence of the ECHO’s reported January exit list, Liverpool are still littered with an array of talented options to step up for Lewtas and the U23s in the New Year.
The young Reds have as many as three goalkeeping alternatives should Kelleher look to seal a loan switch. Vitezslav Jaros, Ben Winterbottom or even new signing Marcelo Pitaluga would all represent viable alternatives.
Connor Bradley has proven himself as an able performer at left-back and has featured more prominently than both Sharif and Larouci at full-back this season.
It’s also worth mentioning the U18s have a number of players looking to make the step-up with Layton Stewart inspiring form of late while new signings Mateusz Musialowski and Melkamu Frauendorf also looking the real deal.