Liverpool under-23s may lose six players during the January transfer window.
Barry Lewtas’ young Liverpool side have enjoyed a great start to their Premier League 2 campaign this season. They are currently sitting on top of the table alongside Derby County with 16 points.
Having beaten West Ham 4-0 in their last encounter, the confidence are high for the young reds who now will be training with the first team in their new training complex and know they’ll have a direct entry to the first team if they’re able to impress Jurgen Klopp.
However, the Liverpool Echo are reporting that things could be tougher in the new year if the team is decimated. Many players have been linked with a winter exit, and Lewtas will hope he can keep his squad together.
Yasser Larouci, Caoimhin Kelleher, and Liam Millar look vulnerable having flirted with departing already. Yasser Larouci, 19, appeared set to leave in the summer while goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has been linked with a loan move. Canadian international Liam Miller has also attracted interest in the loan market. Capped eight times by the North Americans, the 21-year-old forward might be on his way early next year.
Abdi Sharif who recently signed a new long-term contract with the Reds could also seek a loan move after he missed the majority of the last season out injured and he is below the pecking order for the young squad.
Sepp Van Den Berg might also look for a loan move after making 4 first-team appearances for Liverpool last season and with Klopp looking to sign a new center back to solve his crisis, he might very well be loaned out to continue his development.
Joe Hardy, meanwhile, finds himself in the opposite situation following his transfer from Brentford in January. The former Manchester City striker is behind Millar in the pecking order and turned 22 in September but did sign a new contract in the summer. Liverpool do not usually allow players of his age to remain in the u-23 squad without making the step-up to first-team training or being handed a loan meaning a decision on his immediate future is imminent.
Not all is dull and gloomy for Barry Lewtas however, there are a host of u18 youngsters looking to make the next step. Vitezslav Jaros, Marcus Pitaluga could very well replace the outgoing keeper Kelleher. New signings Mateusz Musialowski and Melkamu Frauendorf are also pushing to make the step-up.
The u-23s have four games before the transfer window reopens, all at home and with visits of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur to come, and scouting teams across Europe are likely to be tracking performances.
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