Liverpool youngster Leighton Clarkson a loan target for Blackburn Rovers
A product of the Liverpool youth academy, the 19-year-old has been tipped for a bright future in the game and even likened to Bayern Munich legend Phillip Lahm. A defensive midfielder primarily, Clarkson has played at centre-back on occasions and can play as a No.8 as well.
To date, Clarkson has made 38 appearances for Liverpool’s Under-18 side and featured 23 times for the club’s Under-23 side as well. Having made his senior debut for the Reds in a Carabao Cup clash back in December 2019, he has added two more appearances to his tally, even featuring in the UEFA Champions League in the recently concluded campaign. (h/t Transfermarkt)
With regular first-team opportunities not entirely forthcoming at the moment, though, Clarkson could be set for a loan spell away from Liverpool, with Blackburn Rovers keen. The Lancashire-based outfit took on another Reds’ starlet, Harvey Elliott, on loan last season and the young forward thrived in the 2020/21 campaign.
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Going away on loan to Blackburn worked out quite well for Elliott last season. With Liverpool enjoying a good relation with the Championship club, a temporary deal for Clarkson could potentially be engineered.
The 19-year-old has immense potential and regular exposure to first-team football can help him develop faster, boosting Liverpool in the longer run.