Liverpool youngster Cameron Brannagan is likely to leave Anfield this summer after a contract dispute, reports the Independent. He has been left out of the Reds’ Premier League Asia Trophy squad.
Brannagan was rated highly as a young man, and was even watched by Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, his progress has stalled over the last couple of years, with him spending last season on loan at League One club Fleetwood Town.
Liverpool have told Brannagan that they will not allow him to go out on loan again, without him signing a new contract. He has just 11 months remaining on his current deal. It has been expected that he would sign for a Championship side on loan, for the upcoming campaign.
The player though, is hesitant over signing a new deal. His pathway to the Liverpool first-team appears difficult. Without any assurances, he will not sign the contract.
Brannagan, a set-piece specialist, is not short of potential suitors. With under a year remaining on his current deal, he would be available for a cut-price. Sensing a potential bargain, many clubs are sniffing around.
Stoke City, Hull City and Derby County are all believed to have displayed an interest in the playmaker, according to the Independent report. His future at Anfield looks bleak, having been left out of Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League Asia Trophy squad.
The 21-year old, is a product of the Liverpool academy. He signed for the club all the way back in 2001. Brannagan made his debut for the club on 17th September 2015, in a Europa League tie against Bordeaux. Since then, he has made 2 more appearances for the first-team, without scoring. On 25th October 2015, he signed a new contract at Liverpool, which tied him down at the club until 2018.
The Manchester-born player, has struggled to push on from his 2015 first-team breakthrough. He is still young but now looks like the right time for him to move on.
It will be interesting to see where Brannagan ends up, should he decide to move. There seems to be interest from Premier League and Championship clubs. Perhaps, a drop down to the second tier could be more beneficial, for a player seeking more game time.
Liverpool plotting move to sign this Arsenal backroom staff member
Liverpool target Arsenal’s head of medical services – Gary O’Driscoll
Liverpool have identified Arsenal’s Gary O’Driscoll as the leading candidate to replace the outgoing Andrew Massey. (h/t Daily Mail)
Massey who is the current head of medical services at Liverpool will leave the club on March 1st to take up a position at FIFA.
Having been at the club for almost seven years, Massey has played a key role in the Reds being one of the fittest teams in the league.
O’Driscoll is widely recognized as being one of the best in his field and Arsenal are determined to keep him at the Emirates.
Driscoll has been at Arsenal since 2009 and is one of the old guards who has survived various culls.
He has held lead positions with the British Lions and Ireland rugby team. He should now welcome the chance to work for the European and World Champions. (h/t Metro)
Hailing from Manchester, Driscoll could welcome a return to the North-West of England to Merseyside.
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Liverpool are an extremely well-run club both on and off the pitch. Driscoll should relish the ability to work with the Reds without having to worry about politics or unrest.
In Driscoll, Liverpool look to have found an excellent candidate to continue the work of Andrew Massey as the Reds prepare for life without the medical genius.
Third Liverpool star shipped out on loan until the end of the season
Isaac Christie-Davies joins Cercle Brugge until the end of the season
Liverpool striker Isaac Christie-Davies has joined Cercle Brugge on loan until the end of the season. (h/t Liverpoolfc)
Christie-Davies will now link-up with the Groen en Zwart at their winter training camp in Malta. He is the third Liverpool player to leave on loan this month following Herbie Kane and Rhian Brewster.
The 22-year-old joined Liverpool from Chelsea and made his debut last month in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals against Aston Villa.
Bernd Storck is the manager of Cercle Brugge, who gained promotion to Belgium’s top-flight last season.
The German coach was previously in charge of Royal Excel Mouscron, where Taiwo Awoniyi spent time on loan last season.
Cercle currently have 13 players on loan at the club. The Welshman’s versatility has seen him perform in midfield, on the wing and upfront for the Liverpool Under-23s this season. This could boost his chances of a starting berth.
Cercle are currently bottom of the Belgian top tier, seven points off their closest rivals Waasland-Beveren after taking just 11 from their opening 21 games.
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Cercle next play at home to Royal Antwerp on January 19 and should give Christie-Davies enough time to prepare for his possible debut.
Liverpool striker returns from loan spell after scoring just 1 goal in 22 games
Liam Millar has been recalled by Liverpool from his loan at Kilmarnock
Liverpool youngster Liam Millar has returned to the club after cutting short his loan at Kilmarnock. (h/t Liverpoolfc)
The 20-year-old striker, who joined from Fulham in 2016, is yet to make his debut for the Merseysiders.
Millar signed a long-term first-team contract with Liverpool in January 2019 and joined Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan until the end of the 2018–19 season.
He made his debut for Kilmarnock in a 2–1 loss to Hearts and scored his first goal a month later against St Mirren.
He returned on loan to Kilmarnock in August 2019 on a year-long loan which has now been cut short by the Reds.
The striker made 22 appearances for Kilmarnock this season, scoring just 1 goal. (h/t Whoscored)
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A versatile forward, Millar is capable of playing both upfront and on the left flank with equal proficiency.
Liverpool had also recalled Nathaniel Phillips from his loan at VfB Stuttgart to address the lack of cover at centre-back due to injuries.