Liverpool will be keeping a close eye on right-back Anderson Arroyo as he embarks on a loan spell with Alaves next season.
That’s according to Goal, who claim that The Reds’ director of loan management David Woodfine will be making ‘regular trips’ to see Arroyo play.
The 22-year-old will play his fifth straight season away from Liverpool, after moving to the Spanish second division side.
Arroyo is still ineligible for a UK work permit at the moment. But the hope is that a good season in a better team will lead to the international recognition he needs to make a permit a reality.
Arroyo hoping to make a name for himself
Arroyo was highly thought of when he signed for Liverpool in 2018. It’s unfortunate that given his situation, he hasn’t been able to rise through the ranks with The Reds.
Had he been eligible to play, perhaps Arroyo could have been a regular in the squad by now. Liverpool have just signed a new back-up right-back after all.
If the Colombian had been able to get minutes in over the years, maybe that wouldn’t have been a necessity.
Given the level he is getting loaned to, maybe that wouldn’t have been the case. But the decision to head once again to the Spanish second division seems to have been made based on ensuring game time. To that end, he’s already turned out for his new team in pre-season, against Wolves.
Having just been relegated from La Liga, Alaves will be one of the favourites to go up next season.
Given the ties between the two nations, it also seems likely that the Colombian national team scouts will be following goings on there.
The hope will be that Arroyo can impress enough in a successful side to earn himself a call-up. It seems a little unlikely, but it certainly isn’t out of the question. The defender will be on the radar already having played at U17, U20 and U23 level for his country.
All the best Anderson, show them what you can do!