Why Brendan Rodgers will want this young defender to be part of his squad next season

Andre Wisdom

Andre Wisdom has spent the campaign at Derby County in the Championship

Derby County manager Steve McClaren has been quoted in the past few days that he would like to keep Andre Wisdom at the club beyond this season’s loan spell from Liverpool.

Whilst he may have impressed with the Rams this season, and got regular first-team football in the process, his parent club may be reluctant to let him spend even more time away from Anfield – and there are a few reasons why.

Brendan Rodgers is still a massive fan of the defender – who can play both right-back and centre-back, and said prior to his loan spell that he had a massive future at Anfield but needed to be playing with greater regularity.

The Liverpool boss said earlier on in the season: “I just think the position that he plays, it’s preferable if you have that wee bit of experience.

“We introduced him into the team last season at right-back and he did very well as a young player stepping in. He was excellent every time he played.”

There is also the fact that there is much uncertainty surrounding the make-up of the Liverpool back line next season. Glen Johnson’s future remains up in the air whilst centre-back Daniel Agger may be surplus to requirements this summer given comments he made to the Danish media.

Thirdly, the fact there are more games for the Reds to play with their return to the Champions League. That’s not to say that Wisdom will feature as heavily as he did when Liverpool were participating in the Europa League but with more games it means that more injuries are likely, and if Wisdom is at the club initially as cover, he will get the opportunity to impress.

He has been no stranger to playing in big games for Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers having played in the visits to Goodison Park and Old Trafford in the Northern Irishman’s first season in charge.

Wisdom is a player that Rodgers knows and all of these aspects may lead to him becoming at least part of the squad at Liverpool next season, especially if he’s shown signs of improvement when it comes to the pre-season games.

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