Since his debut as a starter in 2012, Andre Wisdom has now spent more time on loan at other clubs than he has with Liverpool Football Club. As transfer deadline day rapidly approaches, the once-heralded defensive prospect is rumored to be heading for a reunion with the manager who gave him that first early opportunity. Reports in the Liverpool Echo and elsewhere now indicate that Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is keen on picking up Wisdom before the close of the window, and that the player himself realizes this could be a chance to restart his career.
Despite an inauspicious start to their Champions League qualifying rounds, Celtic have now found themselves in the group stages of the tournament, matched against heavyweights Barcelona and Manchester City. Now that they are in the tournament proper, Celtic may be in a better position to fund a potential acquisition of the young defender, and reports suggest Liverpool will allow Wisdom to leave if a suitable offer is made.
Rodgers will be aware of Liverpool’s eagerness to offload a number of surplus players before Wednesday, but will also have taken note of the club’s recent hard-nosed approach to negotiations, even where fringe players are involved. Celtic have made a strong start to their Scottish Premier League campaign, and despite the addition of European fixtures, would be looking at Wisdom as depth rather than as an upgrade to the starting XI. It’s likely Liverpool will test the extent of Rodgers’ interest.
If the move does transpire, it would represent something of a career lifeline for Wisdom, who has found himself exiled to Derby County, West Bromwich Albion, and Norwich City in recent years. Despite playing a somewhat more prominent role in Liverpool’s preseason matches, it’s unlikely Wisdom will see meaningful first team minutes under Klopp, even as emergency cover for the fullbacks, so a move would appear wise for all parties.