By Scott Taylor
Samed Yesil has signed for Swiss side FC Luzern on a season-long loan from Liverpool. The striker, 21, signed for the Reds from Bayer Leverkusen for £1m in 2012. He joins FC Luzern on loan for the remainder of the season and links up with former Reds player Markus Babbel, who now manages the Swiss outfit.
FC Luzern played Liverpool U21 in a pre-season friendly with the Swiss side coming out on top in a 3-0 victory. They currently sit third in the Swiss Super League, only behind FC Basel and Grasshoppers and ahead teams such as FC Sion and Young Boys, who both have European experience.
Yesil came to Liverpool with a superb goalscoring record. During his time with Bayer Leverkusen, Yesil made a total of 80 appearances and scored an imperssive 58 goals with 8 assists. However, when Yesil joined the Reds, he suffered two cruciate ligament injuries which kept him out of action for the best part of two seasons. In an injury-hit three years with Liverpool so far, Yesil had played 20 games for the U21s, scoring five goals and two assists. Yesil has made two first-team appearances thus far, with both of those coming in the League Cup.
Yesil is the tenth Liverpool U21 player to be loaned out this season. He is the second striker to be loaned out today, after new signing Taiwo Awoniyi was loaned out to FSV Frankfurt.