Liverpool midfielder Cameron Brannagan is ready for a loan spell away from the club in order to get some first-team experience, according to the club's under-21 manager Michael Beale, but he has said that the youngster is also ready to step to the top level at Anfield if needs be.
“I say very close, but the boys in front of all of them are top, top players and all internationals.
“If Brendan wants to give them a go, they’re more than ready to step up.
“For the last year, Cameron’s been very good at U21 level and we’re trying to look for somebody to take him on loan, where he can go and express at league level."
Brannagan made his first team debut in the 1-1 draw with Bordeaux in France a couple of weeks ago. The trip will have no doubt been a useful experience for the player as he looks to earn his big break.
But if that game is anything to go by, there probably is a mini-pecking order when it comes to the central midfielders trying to break through and get those much-coveted first team opportunities.
Jordan Rossiter played 80 minutes of the game in France before making way from Brannagan when he started to cramp up, but the fact he has had other opportunities prior to Bordeaux - scoring on his debut in a League Cup tie against Middlesbrough last year before featuring as a substitute in the 0-0 draw at Arsenal this term - seems to suggest that he is the first port of call to the under-21 roster for Brendan Rodgers.
Pedro Chirivella was the next midfielder called upon by the Liverpool boss when there needed to be a change, and then Brannagan was introduced late on.
Of course, it is just one game to judge a pecking order on, and, as a result, a little premature. But Rossiter's position as the first player of three to get the nod appears to be assured after Brendan Rodgers confirmed he will feature in Thursday night's Europa League game against Sion.
The fact is that Liverpool seem to be one more injury away from needing the likes of Chirivella and Brannagan close to the senior squad on a regular basis, but the 19-year-old is getting close to the age where he will need to experience regular game time at a first-team level. Maybe in the winter, after a couple of run-outs in the Europa League prior to that, the time will have come for him to make that loan move.