21-year-old midfielder finalises temporary move away from Liverpool

League One Blackpool have purchased Liverpool’s youngest goalscorer, Ben Woodburn, on loan until the start of the second half of the season.

The Seasiders are managed by ex-Liverpool coach Neil Critchley and he will be entrusted with helping 21-year-old Ben live up to the potential he first displayed as a teenager at the club.

The Wales international made history when he netted against Leeds aged 17 years 45 days but subsequently found it hard to break into the German manager Jurgen Klopp’s senior team plans.

He spent last campaign on loan at Oxford United and helped his former club reach the League One play-off final.

Critchley began last term as Liverpool’s Under-23s manager and also took charge of the senior team for Carabao Cup and FA Cup ties.

He was appointed Blackpool manager back in March. They have had a difficult start to the campaign, only winning one of their opening five fixtures.

In other news, Liverpool have reportedly have stolen a march on Manchester United in the race to land RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano next year.

The 21-year-old was greatly linked with a transfer to Old Trafford during the recent transfer market, however United eventually cooled their interest.

Upamecano has a buy-out clause in his contract at Leipzig which will allow him to quit the club for around ₤ 40m next summer.

Liverpool and their league rivals had actually been leading the race, however Spanish source Todofichajes declares that the Merseyside giants have actually now relocated to the front of the line.

Official: Liverpool winger to spend ongoing season at Cardiff City

Cardiff City have sealed the loan signing of Liverpool attacker Harry Wilson.

The Bluebirds have beaten off stiff competition from the likes of Swansea City, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City to secure a deal to excite all City fans.

WalesOnline understands that Cardiff will pay Premier League champions Liverpool a loan fee, which could rise to £1.2m and will be paid in instalments, to secure the player’s services.

While it was initially thought the Bluebirds would cover all the player’s wages, it is now understood that Cardiff will pay only a proportion of the Wales international’s salary.

The deal really gathered pace when Cardiff City touched base with the Anfield outfit on Thursday, the day before the closing of the window, upon Wilson’s return from international duty with Wales.

Sources have indicated that both Bluebirds manager Neil Harris and chairman Mehmet Dalman were crucial in getting the deal over the line.

Liverpool discussed Wilson’s options with the player himself and his agent, but all parties were happy with what Cardiff put on the table.

Another big factor which might have perhaps slipped under the radar is how Liverpool viewed Marko Grujic’s loan to Cardiff City back in their promotion season.

Grujic signed for the back end of that 2017/18 campaign and endeared himself to the Bluebirds faithful for a string of top performances as Neil Warnock’s side navigated their way to Premier League promotion.

That is an ambition Wilson also holds and Liverpool believe he can have the same impact — if not more — as his Anfield contemporary Grujic.

Highly-rated Liverpool sensation joins Championship club on loan

Liverpool starlet Harvey Elliott has sealed a loan move to Blackburn for the rest of the campaign, the Reds have announced.

Ewood Park senior figures agreed on a deal with the Premier League giants to take the sensation on loan a matter of hours before the close of the EFL transfer market.

Elliott has not featured in a single minute of Premier League action this term and Liverpool have let him join the EFL Championship club to gain more senior team experience.

The 17-year-old attacker, who is regarded as one of the Reds’ brightest young talents, joined the Reds from Fulham last year, having reportedly turned down signing for the likes of La Liga giants Real Madrid.

He switched to Anfield after breaking the record for being the PL’s youngest player, making his top flight bow for Fulham aged 16 years and 30 days old.

Harvey’s first start for Liverpool came in a Carabao Cup tie versus the MK Dons in September 2019, making him the youngest player to start for the Anfield outfit.

But his only appearance of this season came in the 7-2 victory at Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup last month. In July, the teen sensation penned a new long-term contract at Anfield.

After making his Fulham debut aged 15, then-Cottagers chief labelled Elliott as ‘arrogant’, but in a good way.

Slavisa Jokanovic said: “We believe the future can be bright ahead of him.

“He had some tests at school today and he must be at school tomorrow morning. He is arrogant but in a positive way.

“This kid shows he has personality. He says, ‘I want to show you I am a very good player.’ I say, ‘Okay if you can show me, I give you this opportunity.’”