View from the Kop

A Youth Issue That Really Needs To Be Resolved


It hasn’t only happened with Eccleston at Huddersfield where such loan spells have failed to benefit the player. Also this season has seen Victor Palsson go out on loan to Dagenham & Redbridge where he only started 3 games, with the majority of matches seeing him be an unused substitute. Of course, there is a case to be made that the players were not good enough to hold first team places at these clubs, and it says something about our youth players that our Reserve team captain at the start of the season couldn’t get a game for Dagenham, but I think the least Liverpool can do is ensure that their players get some game time if they go out on loan.

We need to get to the stage where Manchester United are at where they can loan out players to the same division and get first team football. Danny Welbeck at Sunderland and Tom Cleverley at Wigan are two prime examples of excellent loan deals where players are getting top level first team experience at a young age. The nearest the Reds have come to this, this season, is with Daniel Ayala at Hull where he impressed until he had to return back to Merseyside after injury. Jay Spearing also had a very beneficial spell at Leicester City last season while Tom Ince had a great few months with his father at Notts County recently.

I firmly believe that if the Reds are going to produce the calibre of youngsters required to break through into the senior team, they need to have the best chance to develop their game. Reserve team matches are not the best preparation to break through into the first team, and hopefully over the next few years, the Reds will be able to loan players to other Premier League clubs, and get them playing regularly, rather than being reserves for League One sides.

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  • Hannah says:

    very true i think we should loan players out but recall them if they arnt getting gmaes

    for example if pacheco or suso got loaned they wud get games where as people like saric wudnt

  • Kwrs says:

    Ecclestone going to Charlton got nothing to do with Liverpool turning down offers from other clubs.

    This is part of the deal that took Shelvey to Anfield and which contained the clause that Liverpool would offer the South London club a supply of young or reserves team players on loan.

    A lot of reds supporters think its about time Liverpool delivered on that deal and hope this is the first of many.

  • John Robinson says:

    It works both ways.

    Martin Kelly also went to Huddersfield, proved himself and got games, and returned a better player.

    Eccleston by comparison looked lightweight, disinterested and nothing like a striker, he didn’t deserve to be getting starts.

    Town aren’t a babysitting club, they are (and were) a team fighting for promotion…it’s a proper league down here too full of clubs fighting to get out of it, it’s not meaningless reserve football.

    Add to that a disgraceful display of petulence when subbed in one of his early appearances, he had a lot of work to do to EARN a place. Wish him well though, he seemed to settle down a bit towards the end of his spell with us…hopefully it was a learning experience.

    I think what you need to understand is just because these lads have come through the Liverpool system, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re GOOD ENOUGH to play top end of League 1 football. You don’t really find out until you throw them in…with Kelly it was obvious he was good enough quite quickly…with Eccleston he didn’t look the part – I’ll be very surprised if he ever becomes a regular with Liverpool.

    (I am a Hudds Town fan)

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