One of the most promising players for Liverpool this summer during pre-season was 19-year-old midfielder Leighton Clarkson, with the youngster making a strong case that his future just might be as a regular contributor for the Reds.
With the club’s midfield depth and a need for regular minutes to develop, though, his immediate future was never likely to be with the Liverpool first team, and today he has completed a season-long loan move to Blackburn Rovers.
Once there, the Blackburn-born Clarkson will look to follow in the footsteps of fellow young Red Harvey Elliott with the Championship side, with Elliott turning a successful loan with Rovers last year into a first team role at Anfield this season.
Clarkson, who joined Liverpool’s academy at the age of six, has made three senior appearances for the club, once each in the League and FA Cup in 2019-20 and then starting in the Champions League against FC Midtjylland last year.
After finishing 15th last season, the mood around Rovers is less than optimistic, with many suggesting the club will do well to avoid a relegation fight. So far, they have a win and draw from the first two games of the new campaign.