Liverpool will soon need to choose who they’re happy to send out on loan in 2021/22. Here we pick five players who could thrive with the right deal.
There is no other player who could definitely benefit from a loan more. Rhys Williams made enormous strides this season, jumping from National League level to play Champions League and Premier League.
He went to Old Trafford and got a win, helped the Reds finish third and established himself as a defender capable of playing in the top flight. And he’s still only 20.
Very few centre-backs play this much top level football at 20. It suggests Williams has a lot of potential and the next step is undoubtedly a loan.
The right one could see Williams play at a good standard for a full season, secure with a place. And that should see him develop rapidly at his age.
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We’re very excited to see what kind of player Williams becomes.
Okay, a controversial one. Nat Phillips is undoubtedly good enough to play in Liverpool’s first-team but we’re not sure there’s a good enough spot for him next season.
Instead, perhaps a loan? We have questions over Joel Matip’s long-term future, given his injury history over the last few years. The Cameroonian will get his chance next season but if he breaks down again, Liverpool may need to replace him.
There’s not really a better choice for that than Phillips. But it does mean not selling him. Instead, send the 24-year-old out to a Premier League side and see what he can do over a full season. We imagine he returns even more ready for a first-team role at Anfield.
Neco Williams didn’t play anywhere near enough games this season. In fact, he only got significant minutes twice in 2021.
But Williams is so talented. He can become a top full-back but he needs more gametime to fulfil his considerable potential. We said Rhys could benefit the most from a loan – well, Neco needs a loan the most.
We wouldn’t call this campaign ‘lost’ for the Welshman but it wasn’t far off. Liverpool must make sure he gets what he needs next season.
Sepp van den Berg
Sepp van den Berg went off to Preston North End on February 1st and did well. He became a regular in the Championship and proved himself as a right-back.
The Dutchman now appears comfortable in two positions and has already shown he can shine on loan. We think he’s ready for the next step – either a loan towards the top end of the Championship or the bottom end of the Premier League.
Either way, the right deal could see Van den Berg kick on and become a really interesting player. One who could make his way into the Liverpool setup, even.
There’s a very good chance that Elliott doesn’t go out on loan and instead spend the 2021/22 season with Liverpool. Few could argue with that after his stellar season with Blackburn Rovers.
But if they wanted, the Reds could secure a very good Premier League loan for Elliott. He looks like someone on the cusp of being an absolute star.
The big question will be ‘what’s best for his development?’ and we’re not too sure. The Reds will have a look this summer in pre-season before deciding.
And if they decide Elliott needs a full top-flight season of regular football, we imagine the opportunity is there.