‘Eye for goal’ – Six Liverpool stars Stoke City could sign on loan


Stoke City will already be looking at potential new players that could arrive in the summer.

Michael O’Neill’s side have been battling to avoid relegation for the majority of the campaign, and currently lie three points above the drop zone.

Prior to the suspension of the campaign due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Potters occupied 17th place in the Championship, with nine league fixtures left to play.

Stoke could opt to use the loan market this summer, and one club who like to send their talented youngsters away on loan is Liverpool.

Players like Harry Wilson and Danny Ings have thrived on temporary stints away from Anfield, with the later eventually joining Southampton on a permanent deal.

With that in mind, here are six Liverpool youngsters who Stoke could look to sign on loan for next season.

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Rhian Brewster

After being signed from Chelsea’s academy in 2015, the teenager quickly established himself as a talent at Liverpool’s academy.

The youngster striker has always had an eye for goal, and it is this trait that has seen him progress through the youth ranks at Anfield in quick time.

In October 2017, Brewster played a major part in helping England under-17s to World Cup glory in India, where he finished the tournament as top scorer, with seven of his eight goals coming in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.

Returning to Liverpool, he was named in a first-team matchday squad for the first time at the age of 17 for a home Premier League clash with Crystal Palace back in April 2017.

In July 2018, Brewster signed a long-term contract with Liverpool, as he returned from a long-term ankle injury which ruled him out for several months.

He is currently on loan at Swansea City, and the Swans, as well as several other clubs in the Championship including Leeds United, are thought to be keen on his signature this summer.

Sepp van den Berg

The Dutch centre-back is one of the newest recruits at Anfield, signing from Eredivisie side PEC Zwolle last summer.

A number of Europe’s biggest clubs were thought to be interested in his signature, including Bayern Munich and Ajax.

Since his arrival, the 18-year-old defender has mainly featured for Liverpool’s under-23 side, but manager Jurgen Klopp rates the teenager very highly.

Van den Berg is yet to feature in the Premier League, but was awarded his first-team debut in September in the 2-0 win over MK Dons in the Carabao Cup.

The centre-back appears to have a bright future in the game, and a loan move to Stoke next season could be beneficial for all parties.

Marko Grujic

A player that has been on the books at Liverpool for four years, but has made just a handful of first-team appearances.

The 24-year-old is currently on loan at Bundesliga outfit Hertha Berlin, his fourth temporary stint away from Anfield since his arrival from Red Star Belgrade in 2016.

One of those loan moves was a return to Red Star for the second half of the 2015-16 season, but Grujic has also spent time with Cardiff City, as well as two spells with Hertha Berlin.

At 24 years of age, Grujic is entering the time of his career where he will be thinking about settling as a permanent member of a squad.

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Ben Woodburn

One of the players who has been tipped to have a bright future at Anfield, but it hasn’t all gone to plan for Woodburn.

The attacking midfielder broke onto the scene in 2016 after he scored against Leeds in the Carabao Cup to become Liverpool’s youngest ever goalscorer at 17-years-old.

Since then, the teenager has not quite lived up the hype, and has had loan spells at Sheffield United ans Oxford United

He has made 11 first-team appearances for Liverpool, with his strike against Leeds his only goal to date.

Woodburn’s only other senior goal came for Oxford in the League One clash against Bristol Rovers in August.

Now at 20 years of age, a loan move to a club like Stoke could be the making of the youngster, as well as provide the Potters with an energetic playmaker who can create and score goals.

Ki-Jana Hoever

One of the brightest prospects at Anfield in Ki-Jana Hoever. The Dutch defender is capable of playing at centre-back or right back, and is tipped for big things on Merseyside.

The 18-year-old was signed by Liverpool from Ajax in the summer of 2018, and is already on the cusp of the first-team.

He has featured primarily for Liverpool’s under-23 side, but was thrown in the deep end in his first-team debut in January 2019.

With Liverpool away at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup, an injury to Dejan Lovren presented the teenager with an opportunity to play at centre-back in the first team.

He has since made four appearances for the Reds, scoring one goal against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup in September.

The versatile defender would prove to be an exciting addition to the Leicester squad, should Liverpool sanction a move for the teenager.

Caoimhín Kelleher

The young goalkeeper has been on the books at Liverpool since 2015, after arriving from Republic of Ireland outfit Ringmahon.

The stopper was in goal for Liverpool against Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter final in December, and is highly-rated by the Anfield coaching staff.

With Alisson and Adrian currently the first-choice keepers with the Reds, a loan move for the Ireland youth international could be beneficial.





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