By Scott Taylor
Liverpool Under-21 coach Michael Beale has hinted that striker Jack Dunn is set to have a loan spell with a football league club. Dunn, 20, has been a regular in the Under-21s for a couple of years, and the next step of his development would be a loan spell. Speaking after his sides 2-1 win over Merseyside rivals Everton, Beale suggested that Dunn may not be with his squad in the coming weeks.
He said: “The [loan] window ends in the next 14 days and we’ve got a number of options, there’s a nice little break now where we can sit down and talk about them. Jack’s [Dunn] another player who’s got a hell of a lot of options this week so you probably won’t see him after this week maybe.”
Beale used an example of Dunn’s loan at League Two side Cheltenham to emphasise his belief that the striker is more than capable of playing in the football league, and Beale welcomes the idea of Dunn returning to such an environment.
“He’s been excellent, he’s gone away to Cheltenham when he unfortunately got an injury there. He got three or four goals in five games there and was absolutely flying. He’s worked his way back, and the next step for him is to go and play League football.”
In the mini-derby at Chester’s Deva Stadium on Monday, Beale stated that there was a lot of interest, but not necessarily for a certain player on the pitch. However, he does remain hopeful that some of his players will be able to secure a loan move, and trusts Academy director Alex Inglethorpe with his decision.
“I looked at the list of clubs who were coming to scout [Liverpool Under-21s’ 2-1 win against Everton on Monday], and there was a lot of people. I think there will be news in the next few days because there’s certainly a lot of interest and I don’t think anyone did themselves any harm tonight. I’m sure Alex [Inglethorpe] will sit down with Brendan [Rodgers] and make the correct decisions for the boys.”
One of those players who could be on his way out of the club is striker Jerome Sinclair. Liverpool’s youngest ever player has scored 22 times in all competitions this season. Beale paid respect to his striker, especially after the situation that he found himself in, and after two key figures could only play limited game time.
“Jerome [Sinclair] was really ill before the game but we knew Jack [Dunn] could only play 60 minutes and Mamadou [Sakho] could only 45 so we were like ‘come on Jerome you’ve got to play’ and he was sick three or four times in the dressing room so he’s done really well to play tonight.”
Despite playing just one half of the game, Beale was full of praise for first-team defender Mamadou Sakho and hailed the impact he had on all the younger players in the Under-21s.
“We’ve been very fortunate recently, we had a couple of the senior lads who weren’t involved [in the FA Cup Quarter-Final against Blackburn] with us. The attitude of the senior lads at Liverpool, I’ve been blown away. They just enjoy being part of the club and the way we’re working and they’re really good to the young players and that’s a big part of the Liverpool family. We’re very lucky.”