30 Jan 2017

Deal Close: Liverpool in talks to seal late move for 'passionate' star who admires 'Gerrard'

Liverpool are reportedly on the verge of sealing yet another loan deal for one of the club's fringe players.

According to the Daily Mail:

"Liverpool defender Connor Randall is in talks to join Championship side Barnsley on loan".

Randall - who describes himself as a 'passionate' footballer - made seven first-team appearances last season, but just like Cameron Brannagan (Nine appearances in 2015-16), he has largely been ignored this year. Randall made his first start of the season against Wolves on Saturday, but suffered the ignominy being subbed off at half-time substitution, which is never a positive sign.

The rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold has also put a crimp in Randall's first-team development, and based on Klopp's effusive praise for the young full-back (and increasingly regular game time), it looks like the manager favours Arnold over Randall. On the plus side, Barnsley are a solid Championship side, and a move to the South Yorkshire club is arguably more beneficial than a move to League One, which is where Brannagan landed last week.

Unfortunately, from what I've seen do far, Randall is very similar to Jon Flanagan: a decent huff-and-puff footballer (Klopp described him as a 'runner') without anything really exceptional to his game. That may sound harsh, but I just don't see Randall becoming Liverpool's first-choice right back at any point in the future.

* Dec 2014: Admitted that Steven Gerrard is the player he most 'admires'.


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