Liverpool's Brad Smith open to loan move, comments on early season limbo

Liverpool's Brad Smith and West Brom's Jonathan Leko in action

Brad Smith featured on 10 occasions for the Reds last season.

Brad Smith (C) of Australia during trainingBrad Smith (C) of Australia during training

Liverpool left-back Brad Smith has told FourFourTwo he is open to a loan move to get more first team opportunities following on from a campaign where he made 10 first team appearances for the Reds.

He scored his first goal for the club in the third round FA Cup tie against Exeter City and was given many chances to impress as Jurgen Klopp rotated his side with games coming thick and fast for the Reds.

West Brom's Darren Fletcher and Liverpool's Brad SmithWest Brom's Darren Fletcher and Liverpool's Brad Smith

However, with the absence of European football next season - with Liverpool finishing in eighth place in the Premier League and runners-up in the Europa League - chances may be a little more limited for the Australian next season. 

He's quoted saying: "We’ll play these (international) games, have a little bit of time off, go back for pre-season, stay fit and work hard and see what happens there really.

“Hopefully do well at pre-season and stay at the club. But if not, speak to the manager and if he wants me to go out on loan and get experience I’m happy to do that as well.”

Liverpool's Alberto Moreno in action with Sevilla's MarianoLiverpool's Alberto Moreno in action against Sevilla

However, given the performance of Alberto Moreno in the Europa League final - and in other games this season - the Spaniard is far from convincing as a first choice full-back, so one wonders whether Smith can try and stake a claim for a start from the beginning of the new season. However, it is likely that Klopp will look to bring in at least another left-back during the summer window which could make Smith's opportunities that bit more limited. 

As a result, his future could hinge almost entirely on what happens to Alberto Moreno in the sense that Klopp might still want him around the team for another season. If that's the case Smith might have to look elsewhere to get some games under his belt. 

It has been quite a turnaround from when his future was in limbo over a contract dispute with the club, with Liverpool deciding to retain his registration. 

He added: “I was keeping in contact with a few of the staff members at the club, I was training on my own, training with a few clubs and just keeping fit,” he said.

“Keeping in contract with the club and we managed to sort it out, and went back, signed the deal. The manager saw a liking in me and then went from there really."

Liverpool manager Juergen KloppLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

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