Do players on loan from Liverpool have a future at Anfield?

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A couple of stories have emerged in the press recently over the future of a couple of players out on loan.

It has been interesting 24 hours as far as players on loan from Liverpool are concerned, for some it has been an interesting season, but it will be interesting to see what the future holds for those players with Liverpool back in the Champions League next season.

It looks like the most high profile player, Pepe Reina, will not be returning to the club for much longer than the summer given the comments from manager Brendan Rodgers earlier on in the season and the faith he has in Simon Mignolet.

Three of the most high profile players to spend some time away from Anfield this season are the trio of Suso, Fabio Borini and Oussama Assaidi.

Andre Wisdom is also on loan at Derby County, Conor Coady has been getting some experience in League One with Sheffield United, Jack Robinson has been out on loan at Blackpool and Jordon Ibe has spent much of the second half of the season at Birmingham, having been part of the first team setup at Anfield this season.

Fabio Borini may have earned himself a place back at Anfield next season. The Italian struggled to make an impact in his first season and struggled with injuries but has had a decent run of games at Sunderland – and their supporters seem to have taken him to their hearts. He has also scored several crucial goals in their bid to avoid the drop, and helped his parent club out in the process.

Whether Borini can maintain a decent level playing second fiddle to the strike duo of Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez remains to be seen but there seems to be a feeling, certainly amongst some supporters, that he does have a future at Anfield.

Suso, who has been spending the season at Almeria, revealed in an interview with the Daily Mirror that he is in regular contact with Brendan Rodgers and others at the club. We saw quite a lot of him in the first half of last season, and he looked very impressive on the ball, technically gifted and a good reader of the game.

One thing the 20-year-old Spaniard may have needed to improve was his end product, and judging by the three goals and nine assists he has in La Liga this season, it seems to have improved.

The thing that may hinder any opportunities for Suso is if Liverpool do sign Adam Lallana, as has been reported in the press. Suso has always looked more comfortable in a central position, similar to that of Lallana, but has shown he can play in the wide areas, and he may have to become even more versatile if competition for places intensifies for that position at Anfield.

Oussama Assaidi has shown flashes of pace, ability and an eye for goal during his spell at Stoke City, with Potters’ boss Mark Hughes seemingly open to the idea of keeping hold of the Moroccan. He doesn’t mind having a real go at defenders in wide areas and could provide another option if back at Liverpool, but given the small fee that was spent to bring him to Anfield, the club may be open to the idea of letting him stay at the Britannia Stadium if he wants more first team opportunities.

Out of those currently plying their trade in the Football League, Andre Wisdom looks as though he has a chance of making it at Anfield as a big, powerful defender and winger Jordon Ibe is rated highly with the objective of his loan spell to get more games having featured on the bench at Liverpool for much of the season.

Conor Coady may have another season on loan as Liverpool’s central midfield options seem to be good for now, whilst it looks a little hard to see where Jack Robinson will get the opportunity at Liverpool, given that Jon Flanagan has covered well at left-back in the absence of Jose Enrique.

It will be interesting to see what Brendan Rodgers has in mind for all of these players next season. 

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