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Gary O'Neil departure could provide Liverpool opportunity next season

Gary O’Neil left Liverpool after just six months this week. He could provide an opportunity down the line, however.

Liverpool announced that Gary O’Neil was leaving the club on Tuesday. That’s despite joining as recently as August.

O’Neil was an assistant to Under 23s boss Barry Lewtas but departs to link up with Jonathan Woodgate at Bournemouth. The latter has just been named manager until the end of the season.

Together, they could provide an opportunity to Liverpool.

Familiarity

Woodgate, like O’Neil, worked at Liverpool. He had a role as a scout in Spain and Portugal before embarking on a coaching career.

It means that Liverpool know the setup at Bournemouth quite well, now. It also means the staff at Bournemouth know Liverpool.

And that makes the Cherries an interesting option for loan players next season – if they maintain the job beyond this campaign. There’s certainly no guarantee of that, of course.

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But if they pull it off, Liverpool would surely look to Bournemouth for loan deals.

They could send some of their prospects there for first-team football under management they know and trust. That’s ideal.

They’d know the environment and what to expect when the players are there. And with Bournemouth being a team competing towards the top of the league, Liverpool can expect a level of quality to surround their players.

Let alone if Bournemouth get promoted. Then Woodgate and O’Neil are virtually guaranteed to stick around and Liverpool would have a Premier League side they know well.

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That’s perfect for potential loan deals.

Bournemouth are, after all, an example of a loan deal gone bad. They took Harry Wilson last season but gave up on him once things were tough.

Understandably, they focused on their own players in a relegation fight.

But Liverpool would want to avoid that in future. Loaning their players to clubs they can trust is the best way to do so.

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