17-year-old Liverpool youngster set to stay in first team training
Reds youngster Bobby Clark will remain in the Liverpool first-team squad for the remainder of the season.
This is evident from the chronicle. While Newcastle United are unable to keep him, the North East outlet reports Liverpool will rebuff loan interest in Clark this winter.
The 17-year-old’s rapid rise at Anfield this season is said to have clubs “eager” to loan him out in January. One of those clubs is Preston North End, cited as the team showing the most interest in Clark.
However, the Reds are reportedly to dismiss any interest and instead keep him in the first-team line-up.
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That would look like a good move by Liverpool. Not because Clark is desperate to be used in the senior squad, but because it feels a bit early for a loan move.
The striker, who only arrived at Liverpool in the summer of 2021, hasn’t been at the club all that long. He has also only started creeping towards the first-team this season.
That creep might soon turn into a little faster pace. Jurgen Klopp has name-checked Clark as a ‘really interesting player’ during Liverpool’s current camp in Dubai. After this season’s Carabao Cup and Premier League debuts, it’s clear he’s on the manager’s radar.
But he’s only seventeen. There should be no rush to tie him into men’s football just yet.
Rather, Clark might be better off doing what he is now: performing for the underage squads while training with the seniors.
This gives him the playing time he needs to develop while also opening him up to a higher level. If he impresses at the AXA training center, he’ll likely get minutes as the season progresses.
For the reason that Tyler Morton was treated Clark might then be ready for a loan spell.
Where that will be depends on what he can show by then. However, Liverpool have a good relationship with Preston. After the success of Sepp van den Berg’s loan, this could be a wise choice.
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