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Calvin Ramsay’s Loan At Preston North End Isn’t Going Well

The youngster left Liverpool on loan in the summer and has only appeared twice for Preston North End.

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What was hailed as an exciting young signing for Liverpool has turned into somewhat of a nightmare for the actual player. Calvin Ramsay signed with Liverpool in the summer of 2022 and then only made two senior appearances for the Reds before missing the rest of the season through injury.

Ramsay was then allowed to shift to Preston North End during the 2023 summer window, in an effort to get some first team minutes. That has unfortunately been stymied by another injury causing him to miss the first four months of the season, and then having only made two appearances after that, missed a number of games from illness after contracting Covid. Ever since returning to training though, he hasn’t made an appearance on the team sheet for Preston and manager Ryan Lowe admitted to struggling to fit him in.

“He (Ramsay) is available. He’s just out of the squad at the moment, because he had Covid. He’s fit and training every day, but I have got to look for players who I feel can help - coming off the bench,” Lowe said recently.

“I want more attacking players and we’ve got Ali (McCann) or Browney (Alan Browne) who can fill that right-wing-back void - or even Liam Millar, swapping over to the other side. We don’t need an extra one on the bench at the moment. So yeah, he’s fit and available and he’s just got to wait for his turn. When it comes, hopefully he can take it.”

The whole point of moving Calvin Ramsay to Preston for the season was for him to get senior playing time, and with that looking unlikely now, Liverpool and Jürgen Klopp should be rethinking this loan situation. Even as we face our own defensive injury problems (we can only plug in Joe Gomez to so many positions), and with Lowe unable to guarantee playing time because of the Scot’s extensive layoff.

“It’s been frustrating for Calvin, because he’s obviously been in and around it,” Lowe continued.

“He played against QPR, having not played for a while. He ended up getting Covid for the Norwich game and was out of the squad then. He didn’t travel with us, then travelled to Huddersfield but wasn’t in the squad. And he just hasn’t been in the squad since. That’s not just him; there are other lads who aren’t in the squad at the moment and have to force their way into it.”

There was a little talk a few weeks ago about Liverpool potentially bringing back Fabio Carvalho, but with Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas out for indefinite periods of time, it might be behoove the Reds to think about bringing this struggling right back home and tell him to switch over.

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