Liverpool are enjoying a fine season, but which of the players currently on loan should they bring back into the first-team squad for the next campaign?
Given the way the current Liverpool first-team has been performing this season, it may seem strange to look ahead to the next campaign. But with a number of players on loan, Brendan Rodgers will be monitoring them with one eye on how next year’s squad will look.
Here are three players we believe should be given a chance at Anfield next season:
The 20-year-old defender has already shown what he can do in a Liverpool shirt, and he does not look out of place. Currently on loan at high-flying Derby County, he has been all but ever-present since his temporary move to Steve McClaren’s side and looks ready for a permanent step up.
There will be little risk involved in bringing Wisdom into the first-team fold on a regular basis, given his previous experience and undeniable talent. The only question is whether he will get enough opportunities considering the other players ahead of him both at right-back and in the centre of defence.
The 25-year-old Moroccan has been in sparkling form on loan for Stoke City. He has four goals and five assists to date and has troubled some of the most experienced defenders in the league.
Liverpool may be playing an awful lot of games next season – and vital ones at that if they can maintain their form and qualify for next year’s Champions League. If so, they will need as many talented players as possible, and Assaidi is certainly that.
On the opposite wing, and five years Assaidi’s junior, is Suso, who is currently on loan in Spain with Almeria.
The 20-year-old was used a lot by Rodgers last season and, despite the fact he will be competing with Raheem Sterling for a starting-berth, I expect Suso to return to Anfield to add to the already-impressive array of attacking options at their disposal.
Suso has two goals and eight assists in La Liga; one of which came in Almeria’s shock 2-0 defeat of then-league leaders Atletico Madrid last weekend.
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