Connor Masterson is very highly rated but still has not made a Premier League appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.

Ireland U21 coach Stephen Kelly has encouraged Conor Masterson to leave Liverpool to get some first-team football under his belt for the first time, in quotes reported by the Irish Independent.

The 20-year-old defender has been part of Liverpool’s youth team since 2014, moving to Anfield from Dublin-based Lucan Athletic for £900,000. But despite all his potential, Masterson has failed to follow the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold into Jurgen Klopp’s first-team plans so far.

He has not been included in the match day squad for any of Liverpool’s senor fixtures this season, instead making seven appearances for the club’s U21 side in Premier League 2.

Kenny, who knows Masterson well from his time with Ireland’s youth teams, believes the centre-back would be better served thinking of life outside of Anfield heading into the 2019/20 season.

“Conor is a bit of a crossroads,” Kenny said. “He is 20 now and needs to play games.

“Conor could look at his central defensive partner from our team, Darragh O’Shea, going to Exeter on loan. He’s developed by getting 30 games and is a year younger than Conor.”

A whole host of talented youngsters are spending time away from Liverpool this season with the likes of Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic and Ryan Kent enjoying fine spells at Derby County, Hertha Berlin and Rangers respectively.

So maybe it would help Masterson to take the plunge and try his hand in a more competitive environment.

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