By Scott Taylor
Ryan McLaughlin has been linked with a loan move away from Liverpool, with League One side Oldham Athletic looking a likely destination. McLaughlin is highly rated at Liverpool, but his injuries have restricted game time in recent season. According to the Coventry Telegraph, the Northern Irishman has attracted interest from the League One side and is keen on first-team football.
With the summer signing of Nathaniel Clyne, McLaughlin has gone further down the pecking order and wll need game time in order to further his development as a footballer. What helps is that Darren Kelly is the Latics’ manager, because he is a good friend with Liverpool manager Rodgers, which may accelerate the deal.
The defender has been on loan once before, where he joined then Championship side Barnsley in 2013/14. He made nine appearances before injury yet again restricted his spell. The defender has played 37 games in the U21s in all competitions, and had scored five goals, making three assists. McLaughlin has represented Northern Ireland at all youth levels and has even earned two caps for the national side. He played 11 games at U16 level before featuring 13 times as an U17 youth international. His most successful period thus far came in the U19s, where he scored two goals in seven games. After featuring just once for the U21s, he was promoted to the senior side, making his debut against Luis Suarez’s Uruguay in May 2014. He made his first start in the next game against the Copa America Champions Chile where he played the full 90 minutes.
Oldham currently sit 12th in League One with one win from their opening four games. However, they are still unbeaten and are one of five teams in the league with that accolade.