The winter break in full swing because of the Qatar World Cup, with Liverpool players out on loan eager to make their mark away from Anfield. Here’s how they’ve been getting on.
Tyler Morton – Blackburn Rovers
After appearing twice in both the Premier League and the Champions League last season, Morton is now gaining valuable playing time in the Championship for Blackburn. He has featured in all 21 championship matches in Jon Dahl Tomasson’s midfield.
Morton will be looking to follow in the footsteps of teammate, Harvey Elliot, who impressed while on loan at Ewood Park.
With Liverpool fans eager for improvements in midfield, Morton will be hoping to work his way into first team contention and prove his ability at the highest level.
Lancs Live reporter, Elliot Jackson, who follows Blackburn Rovers day in day out told This is Anfield: “As the months have passed, he’s started to dictate the pace of the Championship matches more. Naturally, he’s grown in confidence, becoming an integral cog in central midfield
“Morton was pretty quick to adapt at what was required off the ball and his quality on the ball and his quality on the ball has followed as he’s grown into the loan. Jon Dahl Tomasson is intent on his team building possession and playing from defence, which suits Morton’s game.”
After 21 games in the Championship Blackburn are 3rd in the League and the Rovers will be hoping for a place in the playoffs. It has been 10 years since they last competed in the Premier League and Tyler Morton could play a significant role in battling for promotion.
Conor Bradley – Bolton Wanderers
The Northern Ireland player has impressed for League One side Bolton Wanderers with 7 goal involvements in 21 appearances in all competitions. Despite being recognised as a right back by Liverpool fans, he has mainly played as a right wing back and has occupied attacking areas this season.
Conor Bradley pops up in and around the 6-yard-box a lot for Bolton in their system. His goal yesterday: pic.twitter.com/5zfJX0RicO
— Lewis Bower (@LewisBower2021) November 20, 2022
He featured 5 times last season for Liverpool, all in cup competitions, where fans got a glimpse of what of his talents. With Trent Alexander-Arnold holding down the right back spot, first team time was limited.
Liverpool Chief scout, Barry Hunter told Belfastlive: “Conor is doing really well, it’s a brilliant move for him, it’s a great place to go and play. He’ll play games, get minutes and play regularly, he’s settled straight in. He’s got a big future in the game.”
Leighton Clarkson – Aberdeen FC
After a short loan spell to Blackburn in 2021 where the midfielder struggled to break into the first team, the 21-year-old is now playing regularly in the Scottish Premiership for Aberdeen who are third in the League after 15 games.
Across the League and the Scottish League Cup, Clarkson has racked up 6 goal involvements in 14 games.
— Chris Harvey (@ChristopherHarv) November 16, 2022
With a break in League action, Aberdeen played a friendly against MLS sister-club Atlanta United. Clarkson scored the winner to seal the victory.
He also put in a man of the match performance in a 4-1 win against Hibernian, the highlight an impressive back heel to put the game to bed.
Aberdeen’s Leighton Clarkson scoring a back heel goal this evening pic.twitter.com/H6g6nzbvOg
— Scottish Football Away Days (@days_scottish) November 4, 2022
Although he may not be breaking into Liverpool’s first eleven, recent performances are bound to alert other clubs looking to add quality to their midfield.