Loaned midfielder Leighton Clarkson will return to Liverpool after ending his loan at Blackburn Rovers.
Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has confirmed to the Lancashire Telegraph that the 20-year-old will return to Liverpool and will not see the remainder of his one-year loan.
“Leighton is going to go back to Liverpool.
“I had a lot of discussions with Leighton and I want to say that this boy is an incredible footballer, what a talent.
“You talk about Harvey Elliott, he’s got all these qualities, passing weight, shiny finish, amazing footballer who sees all the pictures, all the patterns.
“Yet he came to a point where our team is functioning and he understands.
“He knows football, it hurts him because he’s a Rovers fan and I couldn’t give him playing time and he understands that because the team wins and runs.
“The opportunities became less and less and I felt for him because I said he needed to play football, with this talent that he needs to play and express it, how good he is. is a fantastic footballer.!
Mowbray is not sure what the next steps will be for Clarkson as the decision is now back with his parent club.
“I guess Liverpool would look for another opportunity for him to go and play, at what level we’ll wait and see.
“That there is another league team that thinks he can be a regular start because that is what he has to do and become the footballer that he will no doubt become because he is very, very talented . “
It will be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp and his team decide as the next steps in Clarkson’s journey.
Liverpool are lacking in body at the moment with ‘suspected’ positive Covid-19 cases and injuries, so maybe they will look to squeeze him in for a few minutes in national cups in the short term.
There is no doubt that Clarkson has a lot of quality and I would expect him to be on loan again by the end of January to help him in his development.