5 on-loan Liverpool players who could break into the first team under Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool have 14 players out on loan this season. Some of them will make their loan moves permanent and a few others will be sold in the summer. However, there are some youngsters who have impressed on loan and could have a future at the club under Jurgen Klopp.

#5. Ryan Kent – on loan at Rangers

Ryan Kent showed a lot of promise when he was playing for the Liverpool’s youth teams and in January 2016, he made his competitive debut for the club against Exeter City and this remains his only appearance for the Reds in a non-friendly fixture.

Previously, Kent went on loan to Coventry City, Barnsley, SC Freiburg and Bristol City. While he was at Barnsley, he was named the club’s Young Player of the Season and in the summer that followed, he impressed Jurgen Klopp during the preseason which earned him a new contract.

Last season, Kent struggled for playing time at Freiburg and Bristol City which raised questions about his ability to play for Liverpool in the near future. This season, however, Kent was loaned out to Rangers to play under Steven Gerrard.

The 22-year-old has been one of Rangers’ best players this season and in 39 games across all competitions, the winger has six goals and nine assists to his name. He is a crowd favourite at the Scottish club and recently scored a sublime goal against arch-rivals Celtic. He was also named the club’s Young Player of the Year for his contributions.

Kent’s overall game has improved massively this season but he still needs to add more goals and assists to his name if he hopes to play for Liverpool in the near future. Given his age and the promise he has shown, Klopp will be keen on giving him more time and a future loan to a Premier League club should help aid his development.

#4. Taiwo Awoniyi – on loan at Royal Excel Mouscron

Taiwo Awoniyi was a shock transfer to Liverpool in 2015 and he was immediately loaned out to FSV Frankfurt for the season. He spent the subsequent season on loan at Dutch club with little success. After scoring just four goals in his first two seasons on loan, there was very little hope for the Nigerian who won the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup playing alongside the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho and Isaac Success.

However, last season, he excelled for Belgian top-flight club Royal Excel Mouscron scoring ten goals and assisting seven more in 31 games. His form for Royal Excel Mouscron earned him a new contract at Liverpool and a loan move to Belgian giants, KAA Gent, for the 2018/19 season but he struggled at the club and could only score thrice in 22 appearances.

The 21-year-old striker returned to Royal Excel Mouscron in January 2019 and has been in excellent form for them. In only ten games, he has seven goals and two assists.

Awoniyi is yet to get a UK work permit and the Reds will be hoping that he can secure one in the near future or risk losing a potentially valuable asset.

#3. Herbie Kane – on loan at Doncaster Rovers

Herbie Kane is a product of the Liverpool academy and in July 2018, before he even made his professional debut, he was one of the 100 players nominated for the prestigious Golden Boy award alongside Liverpool teammates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn.

The 20-year-old midfielder has never played for the Liverpool senior team and this season, he made his professional debut for League One side Doncaster Rovers. Kane has been a revelation for Doncaster and has aided their push for promotion to the Championship with seven goals and nine assists from midfield in only 42 games.

Kane’s impressive performance for Doncaster earned him a place in the League One Team of the Year at the EFL Awards.

It will be a massive task for him to make the step up to the Premier League but it isn’t impossible. Current Liverpool players such as Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played in the League One before moving to the Premier League and becoming England internationals.

While Lallana climbed up the different divisions in English football, Chamberlain and Dele Alli made a direct ascent to the Premier League from the League One.

#2. Harry Wilson – on loan at Deby County

In October 2013, Harry Wilson became the youngest player ever to represent Wales aged 16 years and 207 days. However, he only made his Liverpool debut in January 2017 and that remains his only appearance for the Reds to date.

Wilson was a prolific goalscorer at the Under-23 level for Liverpool but first-team opportunities eluded him. He spent the second half of the 2017/18 season on loan at Hull City and helped the club avoid relegation by scoring seven goals and assisting four more in only 14 games.

The Welsh international was in demand last summer and he eventually joined Frank Lampard’s Derby County on loan for the season.

Wilson has 14 goals and four assists to his name in 40 games for the Rams this season and most of his goals were jaw-dropping ones from outside the box. His most famous goal of the season was a sensational free-kick against Liverpool’s archrivals, Manchester United, at Old Trafford in the League Cup to help knock them out.

The 22-year-old is Derby’s leading goalscorer this season and his goals tally in the EFL Championship is only bettered by 14 players. He was nominated for the Championship Young Player of the Year award but narrowly missed out to Max Aarons of Norwich City.

Wilson’s performance for Derby this season hasn’t gone unnoticed by Livepool fans and a vast majority are hoping that he will be able to add depth to the Liverpool attack next season.

#1. Marko Grujic – on loan at Hertha BSC

Marko Grujic was Jurgen Klopp’s first signing as Liverpool manager. The Serbian, who is a FIFA U-20 World Cup winner, had a fantastic preseason in 2016/17 during which he scored three goals including a sensational headed goal against Barcelona. However, due to the tough competition for places at the club, he only made 14 appearances for the Reds in the first season and a half before leaving on loan to Cardiff City where he helped the club earn promotion to the Premier League.

Cardiff City wanted to take Grujic on loan for the ongoing campaign but the 23-year-old turned down the offer in favour of a move to Bundesliga to play for Hertha BSC.

Despite struggling with a few injury problems, Grujic has been outstanding for the Bundesliga club this season and this prompted the club’s manager, Pal Dardai, to call him the best midfielder at Hertha Berlin in 20 years.

“I’ve been at Hertha for 22 years, this isn’t meant as an insult to anyone else, but Marko is by far the best midfielder I’ve seen in my time at the club.” – Dardai said. 

Grujic has a Whoscored.com rating of 7.31 this season which ranks him 47th in Europe’s Top 5 leagues. Incredibly, only Mohamed Salah (7.49), Virgil van Dijk (7.41) and Sadio Mane (7.38) have a higher rating than Grujic this season among all Liverpool players.

The Serb has scored four goals this season for the club from the German capital but his most outstanding statistic is that he wins 3.8 aerial duels per 90 minutes!

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