It’s probably not accurate to refer to Connor Randall as a youngster or prospect any more, but however one labels him, the 22-year-old reserve defender is heading out on loan today, joining League One’s Rochdale in an attempt to improve his career prospects.
For a time, Randall was seen as a promising prospect, and in Jürgen Klopp’s first season at the club he was both handed a contract extension and made seven first team appearances in the 2015-16 season—three in the league and two in each domestic cup.
The next season, though, he saw action just once with the first team at Liverpool. He then spent the 2017-18 season on loan with Heart of Midlothian in the Scottish Premiership, making 27 total appearances for them but failing to attract any long-term interest.
With Rochdale the goal will again be to convince a club at that level—the top half of League One or bottom half of the Championship— he can be a valuable player and to find himself a new permanent home. If he manages that, the loan will have been a success.