Liverpool considering loan offers from Championship clubs for numerous youngsters

Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool are considering a number of loan offers for the club's youngsters, namely Ryan Kent, Pedro Chirivella, Brad Smith and Kevin Stewart, ahead of the 2016-17 season.

Liverpool considering loan offers from Championship clubs for numerous youngsters
Kent in action for Liverpool's first-team against Tranmere. (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool have received an array of loan offers for a number of youngsters, including winger Ryan Kent, left-back Brad Smith and midfielder Pedro Chirivella.

However, the club are keen to ensure their youngsters are only sent out to clubs who will accelerate their development and use them properly - given the Football League's new rules for loan deals.

Emergency loans have now been scrapped, meaning clubs can no longer send players out on one-month deals or recall them at a time of their choosing. 

Instead, players will be required - barring severe injuries - to see out their contracts at their loan club meaning Liverpool have to be particularly careful when it comes to choosing the right place to send their young prospects.

As such, it is understood the club will send staff to look at a loan club's training facilities, their methods in sessions and their playing style to determine whether they are best suited to Liverpool's requirements.

The Reds have already sent goalkeepers Ryan Fulton and Danny Ward out to Chesterfield and Huddersfield Town respectively in the last few days.

Reds currently unwilling to let Smith go out on loan 

Having rejected the advances of Wigan Athletic for Cameron Brannagan earlier this month, Klopp's side have also turned down offers for Kent, Chirivella, Kevin Stewart and Connor Randall.

A flood of offers from Championship clubs have come in for Brad Smith, voted Academy Players' Player of the Year after his breakthrough last term, but with little left-back cover - Liverpool are reluctant to allow the Aussie to leave.

After first-choice Alberto Moreno endured a difficult campaign last season and with the Reds unable to do business with Leicester City for 19-year-old Ben Chilwell as the two clubs struggle to negotiate a mutually acceptable fee, Smith is currently viewed as Moreno's deputy.

Chirivella is among the players earning interest from a host of Championship clubs. (Picture: This is Anfield)
Chirivella is among the players earning interest from a host of Championship clubs. (Picture: This is Anfield)

After the club's first pre-season friendly, a victory over Tranmere Rovers last Friday, Klopp spoke about the need to reduce the size of his squad over the next few weeks.

A number of players are therefore expected to go out on loan, although Klopp's stance towards loan deals last season suggests most of the club's departures will be permanent exits.

Upon his arrival last October, 17 players were out on loan across England's lower divisions as well as in Spain, Italy and Scotland. 

Back then, he insisted that that the club might need to "hold on to these guys longer" and rather than loan them out, "let them play in the second team and develop as a team."

But despite having recalled so many youngsters last term, most of whom only made a handful of appearances throughout the remainder of the season, Klopp could decide to send the club's kids out where they will earn regular minutes at a competitive level.

Klopp keen to make the most of pre-season

The Reds boss is keen to use pre-season as a means to weigh up the talents of Liverpool's Academy, having given Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold and 16-year-old Ben Woodburn 45 minutes each against Tranmere.

With those three considered among the brightest of the club's current generation, and all of them expected to make the step up to the Under-21s in the not too distant future, Klopp will oversee their progress in training and give them a vital few weeks of experience so that they are aware of what it takes to be a senior player under him.

However, with no European football, the German simply cannot offer the same amount of game time when the club's season kicks off on August 14 and therefore Klopp will be left with little option but to send some players out. 

Allan Rodrigues de Souza, whom Klopp rates highly, is another who will go out on loan again with the Brazilian midfielder yet able to gain a work permit to allow him to play for Liverpool.

Of those who won't be sent out are impressive winger Sheyi Ojo, who grabbed two assists for England U19s in their European U19 Championship opener against France on Tuesday night.

In addition, towering midfielder Marko Grujic - who arrived earlier this month after his January move from Red Star Belgrade - and Cameron Brannagan will stay put with an eye to featuring in Klopp's first-team plans.

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