7 Sept 2016

Anfield Update: 'Outstanding' Liverpool midfielder tells Klopp he wants to 'play more' and vows to 'impress'

In August, Cameron Brannagan's proposed loan deal to Wigan Athletic collapsed when Liverpool and the Latics couldn't agree terms, but despite that disappointment, the Reds midfielder is determined to 'impress' Jurgen Klopp and get some first-team game time at Anfield this season.

Speaking to ESPN today, Brannagan insisted that he wants to earn the 'chance to play' and vowed to 'keep working hard' to achieve that goal. He further added:

"Playing [in the first team] gives you the incentive that you want to play more. This year that might be harder because there's not that many cup competitions. I've just got to keep trying to impress the manager".

Re the cup competitions point - that's not strictly true. Last season, Brannagan and his academy brethren were usually utilised in the domestic cup competitions, and Liverpool are competing in those again this season.

In Brannagan's case, Seven of his nine appearances for LFC last season were in the FA/League Cups and the Premier League, so even with the reduced fixture schedule, there's no reason why he shouldn't (at the bare minimum) be given some game time in the domestic cups.

I personally don't see why the likes of Brannagan, Ilori et al can't be given 20-30 minutes in cup games, especially if Liverpool are winning. Unfortunately, the reality is that Liverpool's best chance of silverware this season is the FA/League Cup, which almost certainly means that Klopp will play very strong teams for those games.

When all is said and done, perhaps the best course of action is for Brannagan^ to go out on loan in January?

^ Hailed by Jurgen Klopp as an 'outstanding' talent.

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