Harvey Elliott stands alone as a Liverpool loan star with a future. The rest will likely look elsewhere this summer.
There’s no doubt that Harvey Elliott will return from his loan spell with Blackburn Rovers as a future Liverpool star. He’s been remarkably impressive.
It’s going too far to say he’s one of the Championship’s best players but what Elliott is doing at 17 is brilliant. He has nine assists and five goals – it puts him in and around the top 10 in the league combined.
He’s joint-fourth for assists, too, and joint-seventh for creating chances. It’s all incredible from a teenager on loan.
Unfortunately, though, Elliott is likely the only Liverpool loan star with a future at the club. The rest will likely have to look elsewhere.
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Without a place
We’re certainly not saying that players on loan haven’t played well. Harry Wilson, for instance, matches Elliott for assists and created chances. He’s just six years older, is all.
It means the potential isn’t quite there and, surely, Liverpool will look to sell this summer. The same goes for Sheyi Ojo, who is on loan at Cardiff City with Wilson.
Ojo has five goals and seven assists this season. Again, good numbers but he’s also 23. To make it at Liverpool, you have to be beyond that level at 23.
Diogo Jota only just turned 24, for comparison.
Then there are the likes of Taye Awoniyi and Kamil Grabara. Neither have a first-team appearance for Liverpool and we can’t see them ever getting one. Both are over 22.
Loris Karius, too, certainly doesn’t have a Liverpool future. No real explanation needed there.
Marko Grujic is an interesting one. He’s playing for FC Porto and just helped secure passage to the Champions League quarter-finals.
But there’s no real room for him to return – not after Curtis Jones exploded into first-team contention. He’ll likely be a high-profile sale.
Then come two interesting ones. Sepp van den Berg has a lot of potential but it’s tough to see how he ever gets in the team.
He didn’t play this season, while teenagers like Rhys Williams and Billy Koumetio did. It seems the Dutchman is a long way down the pecking order – almost certainly too low.
The most interesting one is undoubtedly Takumi Minamino. He’s playing in the Premier League for Southampton and has caught the eye a couple of times.
But with reports that Liverpool want a new forward, it seems he won’t get his place back at Anfield. Like the other eight, he doesn’t appear to have a Reds future.