Jurgen Klopp has provided opportunities to many youngsters during his stint as the Liverpool manager. What has been a hallmark of his career, apart from the counterattacking and pressing football has been using youngsters constantly at both Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.
Cameron Brannagan was another player who broke into the first team last season. The 20-year-old Manchester-born midfielder was expected to get more playing time this season but the lack of European football has cut that short.
It was stated that Brannagan was going to leave the club on loan and join Bolton in the January window but the youngster has picked up an injury that seems to have all but ended his chances of making it out of the club.
The Echo has reported that the England U20 international has picked up ankle ligament damage and will be out for a month or so. He is set to remain at the club for further treatment and will have to work out on making it back to 100% fitness.
Brannagan, reportedly, picked up the injury when he kicked the turf during a practice session.
A major blow for the highly rated youngster
Brannagan was unable to make a first-team appearance this season thanks to the form of the players such as Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana. Even Emre Can has done pretty well whenever he has started matches for the club.
The English youngster did play in nine games last season for the Reds in all competitions but his place has also been taken over by other rising stars such as Kevin Stewart and Marko Grujic, who have been played in the EFL Cup this season.
The lack of a transfer means that Brannagan wouldn’t be playing any first team football this season, unless major injuries hit the Liverpool first team squad. This does come as a big blow for the player who has been trying hard to get first team football and this certainly will be a problem as he tries to grow and develop.
He hasn’t been the only young player who has picked up a major injury this season. Even Sheyi Ojo, who was expected to make a big impact for the Reds hasn’t been able to get a lot of playing time due to a back injury.
There can be a bit of positivity taken from this as when Brannagan does come back, he could be training with the first team and also learn more from Klopp. But for now, the midfielder has a long road ahead and his priority must be to get his fitness back.