Liverpool Loanees: Who Needs Some Time Away?

Alex Livesey

Permanent transfers will rightly take most of the headlines over the summer, but the promise in Liverpool's youth ranks also demands that the club give serious consideration to who could benefit from a spell elsewhere.

Lost in the shuffle and mourning of the loss of Henrikh Mkhitaryan--for whom Liverpool might have just matched Dortmund's offer watch this space but probably not--was the brief commentary in The Liverpool Echo about possible loan deals for a couple of Liverpool's younger squad members. James Pearce picked out Suso and Andre Wisdom as two of the names the club were considering, but there's likely to be a handful of others that are either going to or should be shopped on a temporary basis to gain actual first-team football somewhere.

Suso and Wisdom make an awful lot of sense; both played important roles in the early part of last season, but neither featured regularly in the spring and will find themselves as third- or fourth-choice heading into the 2013-2014 campaign. Suso will look to carry the momentum from a terrific U20 World Cup performance, in which he spent everywhere through the midfield, and would be a great capture for one of the newly-promoted sides or a Championship squad. Wisdom could benefit from additional minutes as well, especially with Martin Kelly back and the club sorting out where exactly they want him to feature--he was serviceable at fullback but as brought up in central defense, and while he doesn't need to have one or the other decided now, match action in either spot is only going to help.

There are a handful of others in the loan picture for whom there doesn't seem to be a Liverpool future longer-term; Jon Flanagan and Conor Coady might find themselves on loan, but neither are strong candidates to be in the first-team picture down the road, and the same goes for Michael Ngoo, who had a successful spell at Hearts during the spring but might struggle to work his way into a crowded attacking setup. And though he doesn't quite fit in the category of youngster, talk of a move for Oussama Assaidi has continued, with the club reportedly looking to offload him on a permanent basis but willing to listen to loan offers. If--and it's a big if--he actually exists.

Jack Robinson and Stephen Sama still seem to be in the mix but could use some time away, and while the former would need to be kept around if the club don't add another left-back (seriously, do it already dummies), it'd only be for depth and an appearance or two here or there. That's a relatively miserable existence, and one that's already been experienced by Sebastian Coates. I haven't given up on the Uruguayan yet, but there's little to indicate his standing at the club will have improved over the summer. His handling has been anywhere from farcical to unfortunate, and few could hold it against him if he does prefer a fresh start somewhere else. A loan seems the best-case scenario for a player who arrived with such promise but stalled badly as a consistent run of matches simply never came.

No doubt there's others that could find themselves elsewhere for a spell this season, particularly with the squad still taking shape. But aside from the names above, who else should be considered for a loan deal ahead of the new season?

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