After looking promising during the 2019 pre-season, hopes were high for young Liverpool left back Yasser Larouci heading into the season, and with no natural senior depth options at his position some even expected him to get first team chances this past season.
In the end, though, while the now 19-year-old Algerian made two cup appearances, he was never a serious contender for league minutes, and now The Athletic’s James Pearce is reporting that the club will seek to facilitate a permanent departure this summer.
The youngster still has one year remaining on his Liverpool contract, and he has made clear his desire to move elsewhere in search of a clearer path to first team football rather than signing a new deal—and Liverpool are open to that should a suitable buyer be found.
Brentford and Leeds United, both strong contenders to earn their promotion from the Championship, are said to have been in contact with Liverpool about the possibility of signing Larouci. One imagines in both cases promotion would help their cause.
Larouci signing with Liverpool in the summer of 2017 after he rejected an extension to his youth contract with Ligue 2 side Le Havre, where he played primarily as a winger. Since joining the Reds, he has played almost exclusively as a left back at the youth levels.
As things stand, if Larouci departs as expected in the coming months, it will leave Liverpool with veteran midfielder James Milner, centre half Joe Gomez, and young right back Neco Williams as the only options to deputise for first choice left back Andy Robertson.