The 13 Liverpool players out on loan in 2021-22 & how they’re faring

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Fulham's Neco Williams celebrates scoring against Swansea at the Swansea.com Stadium, Swansea. Tuesday March 8, 2022.

Featuring in Jurgen Klopp’s quadruple-chasing Liverpool side, even sporadically, would be an arduous task for most players on the planet.

It’s therefore no surprise that the German was content in allowing a number of players out on loan to gain regular first-team minutes during 2021-22.

A quick glance at the substitutes Klopp’s named for the majority of fixtures this season tells the story. It’s a bench so often littered with talents who would likely be key men if they played for other clubs in the Premier League or further afield.

An embarrassment of riches in Liverpool’s current crop has meant that 13 of the club’s inessential players have been sent on loan for the ongoing campaign.

We’ve taken a look at where the Reds’ temporarily disposable assets are plying their trade this term and how they’re getting on.

Rhys Williams

The Liverpool academy graduate probably couldn’t believe his luck when a string of absences saw him feature regularly for Klopp’s men last season.

After an unsuccessful loan spell at Swansea City – he played just five Championship matches over a five-month period – the 21-year-old was recalled to Anfield in January.

It doesn’t look like Williams will be getting much of a sniff of first-team action this season.

Still, he and Nat Phillips can consider themselves a large part responsible for Klopp’s Reds even being in the Champions League this season, so whatever happens next he’ll always be a popular figure at his boyhood club.

Ben Davies

Davies’ Liverpool arrival on deadline day in January 2021, is one of the most bizarre signings of Klopp’s six-and-a-half-year Anfield tenure.

Despite the Reds being drastically short of defensive options at the time, hence Davies’ arrival, the 28-year-old didn’t play a single minute of first-team football for a struggling side.

The out-of-favour centre-back joined Sheffield United on loan for the 2021-22 season to try and help the Blades bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

“When I joined Sheffield United, with the promise of playing games, it felt like I had finally been mentally released,” Davies said in September.

He’s played 20 games for the Championship outfit and revered himself to the Bramall Lane faithful when he netted a last-minute winner for the club against Blackburn Rovers in late February.

Sheyi Ojo

Most Liverpool fans probably forget Ojo is still on the Anfield books. The 24-year-old attacker joined Championship outfit Millwall on a one-season long loan deal in late August.

The former England U21 international is yet to register a goal in his 18 league appearances under Gary Rowett’s stewardship.

His Liverpool contract runs to the summer of 2023, but the chances of Ojo breaking into Klopp’s plans are practically nil at this point.

Adam Lewis

Even many Liverpool fans won’t know too much about left-back Lewis. He’s appeared once for the Reds in an FA Cup fourth-round replay with Shrewsbury Town in February 2020, but is now on loan in the Scottish Premiership with Livingston – only played six times – it’s unlikely we’ll see him in a Klopp team again anytime soon.

Ben Woodburn

Woodburn was tipped for stardom after becoming Liverpool’s youngest-ever scorer (17 years, 143 days old), rifling home in front of the Kop to cap off an electric cameo display in the club’s League Cup triumph over Leeds United in November 2016.

But it hasn’t gone to plan for the Wales international since at Anfield, and that’s why Klopp loaned the youngster to Scottish Premiership side Hearts for the 2021-22 season in August.

Despite the 22-year-old feeling like a coup for the Edinburgh based outfit when he arrived, Woodburn’s return of three goals in 26 games in Scotland represents an under-par tally for the talented attack-minded midfielder.

Paul Glatzel

Glatzel was a prolific goalscorer in Liverpool’s Under-18 and Under-23 teams but hadn’t made a first-team appearance before League Two Tranmere Rovers secured his services on a season-long loan this term.

A productive spell at Rovers ended prematurely in March. The 21-year-old suffered a hamstring injury that’s anticipated to keep him out of action for a sustained period.

Anderson Arroyo

“When you realise that a club as important as Liverpool is looking at you [it] is something very exciting on a personal level,” the 22-year-old Colombian defender said in February, recalling the successful trial he had at the Reds in 2018.

The centre-back’s current season-long loan spell at La Liga 2 side CD Mirandes is his fifth temporary move away since his Anfield arrival.

You have to think that Arroyo’s career at the European giants is on borrowed time.

Luis Longstaff

The exciting winger arrived at Liverpool in 2015 from Newcastle United. Longstaff linked up with third-tier Scottish side Queen’s Park for 2021-22.

Andy Robertson started his career in the game at this club. The 20-year-old will be hoping his time in Scotland can lead him into taking a similar career path as arguably the current best Premier League left-back.

Longstaff has only scored four goals in his stint in Glasgow, so it’s probably a slight stretch to suggest that he has a realistic chance of becoming a star for Liverpool like Robertson.

Sepp van den Berg

The Netherlands U21 international signed for the Reds in July 2019 for a reported initial fee of £1.3million from PEC Zwolle.

He’s currently only made one first-team appearance for Liverpool, but his performances on loan at Preston North End – last season and this – make you wonder whether the youngster has the ability to one day be the heir to compatriot Virgil van Dijk’s throne?

He’s featured in all but one of Preston’s Championship fixtures this term, occasionally being deployed as right-back, as well as in his preferred centre-back spot.

“I think playing wise, it’s been a very successful season,” the 20-year-old told the second-tier side’s club website this month.

“I’ve played almost everything, even the cup games, and that’s why you come out on loan as well to play as many games as you can.”

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Leighton Clarkson

The midfielder progressed through the ranks of Liverpool’s academy to play three competitive first-team fixtures under Klopp before he was shipped to Blackburn Rovers on loan in August.

Tony Mowbray would have been licking his lips at the prospect of having another Merseyside youngster to nurture – Harvey Elliott was at the club the season prior – but it’s not so easy to follow in the footsteps of a potentially world-class player.

And so it proved. Clarkson’s spell in Lancashire was mutually cut short in January after he mostly warmed Championship benches up and down the country.

Jake Cain

Cain only experienced first-team action once for Liverpool before moving on loan to Newport County for the season in the summer – just like Lewis, this game came against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup.

While his forward-thinking midfield approach is a trait Klopp values in this position, you fancy it’ll be near impossible for Cain to become a fully-fledged member of the 54-year-old’s squad.

Although, he has played 21 times for a play-off aspiring Newport team in the fourth tier.

Nathaniel Phillips

Phillips filled in admirably after Liverpool’s well-documented centre-back injury crisis in 2020-21. The 25-year-old helped the Reds secure Champions League qualification which at one point seemed like an impossible feat to achieve.

But with Ibrahima Konate’s summer arrival from RB Leipzig, and the small matter of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez returning from long-term lay-offs, Klopp sent Phillips to Bournemouth on loan in January after he failed to break into the team in the early months of the campaign.

“He’s done very, very well since he’s come into the side. He’s an extremely bright lad. A very, very good professional,” Cherries boss Scott Parker said about the defender’s impact in a recent press conference.

“Maybe, hopefully,” was Parker’s response when asked whether a permanent deal could be struck for Phillips this summer.

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Neco Williams

Not many, if any, right-backs would be able to dislodge Trent Alexander-Arnold from his starting berth at Liverpool. Williams has shown since his six-month loan move to Championship leaders Fulham in January, that he definitely possesses Premier League quality.

“It’s too early for us to think about or talk about it [signing him]. Neco is fully focused in his role at this football club, we are focused on taking the best from him,” Whites manager Marco Silva said in a recent interview.

One thing’s for sure, after accumulating four-goal contributions in his 10 Championship outings for Fulham, the Wales international is too good to play second-fiddle at Anfield.


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