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Liverpool could recall 4 loanees in January as Fabio Carvalho snub continues


A worrying lack of minutes for four loanees could see Liverpool take action in January, though Fabio Carvalho finds himself in a tough situation at RB Leipzig.

Though the Reds have 17 players currently out on loan, few are in place as regular starters for their clubs – with two out with long-term injuries.

But while Calvin Ramsay and Adam Lewis have explanations for their absence, the same cannot be said of Carvalho, James Balagizi, Billy Koumetio and James Norris.

The weekend’s fixtures saw all four left out by their clubs again, with Carvalho the only one to make the matchday squad at all.

He was an unused substitute as RB Leipzig won 3-1 away to Darmstadt in the Bundesliga, having so far clocked just 195 of a possible 1,080 minutes across all competitions (18.1%).

Elsewhere, Balagizi was omitted from the squad as Wigan beat Exeter 2-0 in League One, the midfielder having been overlooked for six of the last seven league games.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Monday, March 6, 2023: Liverpool's Billy Koumetio during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Arsenal FC Under-21's and Liverpool FC Under-21's at Meadow Park. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Koumetio was absent again for USL Dunkerque’s 3-1 loss to Paris FC in Ligue 2, with the centre-back missing four of the last five games and unused since a red card on his debut.

And Norris, who was controversially substituted minutes before half-time by former Tranmere manager Ian Dawes, has seen his peripheral role continue under interim coach Nigel Adkins.

The young left-back was left out of a 2-1 loss to Doncaster on Saturday, meaning he has not featured in the last six League Two fixtures and failed to make the squad in five of those.

It stands to reason that, if this continues, Liverpool will look to terminate the deals of Balagizi, Koumetio and Norris in January.

Carvalho would likely be a contender for an early return, too, though with Leipzig expected to have paid a sizeable loan fee to secure a season-long deal, it may prove impossible – or at least very difficult – to negotiate.

2RYCDW4 Tyler Morton of Hull City during the Sky Bet Championship match Hull City vs Plymouth Argyle at MKM Stadium, Hull, United Kingdom, 30th September 2023 (Photo by Ryan Crockett/News Images)

There has been considerably more game time for the likes of Sepp van den Berg, Tyler Morton and Harvey Davies, who all played 90 minutes over the weekend.

Jakub Ojrzynski, too, has recently claimed the No. 1 spot at Den Bosch in the Dutch second tier, playing the full 90 in a 2-1 loss to VVV-Venlo on Friday.

Another goalkeeper, Luke Hewitson, kept a clean sheet as Stalybridge Celtic beat Trafford 1-0, while Luca Stephenson came off the bench in Barrow’s 0-0 draw with AFC Wimbledon.

Nat Phillips was also unused as Celtic won 3-1 at Hearts on Sunday, though the centre-back was likely rested for the Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid three days later.

Liverpool Loan Watch Roundup

2RWF3PX Mainz's Sepp van den Berg during a German Bundesliga soccer match between FSV Mainz 05 and VfB Stuttgart in Mainz, Germany, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

  • Sepp van den Berg (Mainz) – 90 mins vs. Bayern Munich
  • Tyler Morton (Hull) – 90 mins vs. Southampton
  • Harvey Davies (Crewe) – 90 mins vs. Crawley
  • Jakub Ojrzynski (Den Bosch) – 90 mins vs. VVV-Venlo
  • Luke Hewitson (Stalybridge Celtic) – 90 mins vs. Trafford, clean sheet
  • Luca Stephenson (Barrow) – 12 mins vs. AFC Wimbledon

Injured: Calvin Ramsay, Adam Lewis
Unused: Fabio Carvalho, Nat Phillips, Billy Koumetio, James Balagizi, James Norris
Game postponed: Owen Beck, Rhys Williams