Report: Cameron Brannagan's loan move to Wigan Athletic falls through

Liverpool's Cameron Brannagan in action with Swansea's Kyle Naughton

Brannagan was reportedly close to joining Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan, but Wigan appeared to have backed out of a deal.

Liverpool's Cameron Brannagan in action with Swansea's Kyle NaughtonLiverpool's Cameron Brannagan in action with Swansea's Kyle Naughton

Liverpool midfielder Cameron Brannagan will not be moving to Wigan Athletic, according to the Liverpool Echo, who report that a season-long loan move for the 20-year-old has fallen through.

The Reds want the midfielder to get some regular game time this season and the Reds demanded that he play 75% of their matches whenever he was available, but it appears the Latics have had a second thoughts about the deal and backed out. 

The Echo's report also mentions that Wigan may have had to pay a six-figure sum to the Reds if they did not comply with that obligation. 

Liverpool's Cameron Brannagan in action with Bournemouth's Matt RitchieLiverpool's Cameron Brannagan in action with Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie

Jurgen Klopp wants to ensure that any of his younger players do not spend time just sitting on the bench when they're sent out on loan, and instead get some meaningful game time.

It looks as if Brannagan will stay put for now, but there is some time for a club to come in and offer him first-team football for the season.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp celebrates their fourth goal scored by Sadio ManeLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Brannagan seemed to impress whenever he was given first-team opportunities last season but they are going to be limited this term due to the Reds lack of European games - and there are plenty of players ahead of him in the pecking order in central midfield at Anfield.

It would be the best move for all parties if they could find a loan move for Brannagan, purely to enhance his development. If he does then there's a possibility he could be in contention for selection next season.

As it stands, his only real opportunities would either come in cup competitions, or if injuries and suspensions struck. Otherwise it looks as if he will be playing with the second string for the season ahead.

Manchester United's Andreas Pereira and Liverpool's Cameron Brannagan in actionManchester United's Andreas Pereira and Liverpool's Cameron Brannagan in action

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