By Scott Taylor
Joe Maguire has signed for League Two side Leyton Orient on an inital one-month loan spell from Premier League side Liverpool. The defender, 19, was included in the first team’s pre-season tour of Australia and the Far East, but has not made a first-team appearance for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Maguire has played 31 games in the U21 Premier League for Liverpool, and has picked up four assists. He has also featured seven times in the UEFA Youth League, the highest standard of youth football in Europe.
Orient boss Ian Hendon was full of praise for his latest recruit, but has warned him that he will have to fight for place and not be given a place on reputation alone. He told Leyton Orient’s official website: “I know Alex Inglethorpe very well and we have seen him on a few occasions and heard a lot of good things about him. It is a good opportunity for Joe to come and sample what League Two football is all about.”
“We are happy to bring him in and bolster our squad. He can play anywhere down the left hand side, but is predominantly a left back. He is coming here to fight for a place and he is up for the challenge so that shows what type of character he is.”
Maguire was an unused substitute for Orient’s 2-0 victory over Bristol Rovers at the weekend and could make his debut at Exeter on Saturday. He will replace the departing Orient defender Shane Lowry and is the eighth Liverpool U21 player to go out on loan this season, with Ryan McLaughlin and Samed Yesil set to follow him out of the exit door in the coming days.
By Scott Taylor