‘It’s something I’m aware of’ — Manager delivers verdict on Liverpool loanee amid Anfield injury concerns
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Liverpool were recently hit with a hefty injury blow after Andy Robertson was dealt a setback while on international duty. The Scotland captain was forced off the pitch during international duty and the latest updates have confirmed he will require surgery on his shoulder.
Jurgen Klopp has since called upon deputy left-back Kostas Tsimikas, but the 27-year-old is now the only fit, natural left-back on the senior roster. This has raised some concerns moving forward and questions over whether the Reds need to act in January in order to ease the pressure at the back.
Liverpool have been linked with new defensive options ahead of the new year transfer window, but Klopp does have another current player to consider. Owen Beck is currently on loan with Dundee FC but manager Tony Docherty isn’t concerned about the 21-year-old leaving the Scottish Premiership side earlier than planned.
“That’s the way it works with loan players — you give them a platform to do well for themselves but also for Dundee Football Club. And if they do well, of course they will attract attention from either their parent club or elsewhere,” the boss said (via The Courier).
“But I’m not worried about it. It is something I’m aware of. Owen is doing exceptionally well and with international recognition as well, it wouldn’t be a surprise if people are talking about him. But he’s such a grounded boy and is very popular here.”
Docherty admitted he ‘wouldn’t like it’ if Klopp and Liverpool got back in touch to bring Beck home in January, rather than seeing out the full season-long deal.
“He’s been doing great for us so I’ll be avoiding it,” he joked. “But we do have a great relationship with Liverpool. There was due diligence done on both sides when Owen was coming here. And we’ll maintain that relationship.”
Beck has made just two senior appearances for Liverpool’s senior side but did well for the U21s, featuring in 54 matches and contributing two goals and 11 assists in that time.