By Scott Taylor
Ryan McLaughlin has completed a loan signing to Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen from Premier League side Liverpool. The defender, 20, made his Liverpool debut in the pre-season game with Roma in 2012. He joins the Dons on a loan spell until January 2016, subject to International clearance.
McLaughlin has played 37 games in the U21 Premier League for the Reds, scoring five goals and picking up three assists. He has had one loan spell before and that was in the 2013/14 season when he joined Barnsley for the latter part of the season. The defender made nine appearances at Oakwell before injury meant his loan ended prematurely. His only concern is his fitness with an injury-plagued last season disrupting his development.
He became the first Liverpool player to play for Northern Ireland in 78 years when he made his debut against Uruguay in May 2014. Across all levels, McLaughlin has played 35 games for his country, scoring twice, with both goals coming when he was an U19 international.
Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes was happy to sign the Liverpool right-back and told the Dons official website: “I’m really pleased we’ve managed to bring Ryan [McLaughlin] to the club. He’s a player who has always impressed us and will give us good options in the months ahead.”
McLaughlin played his final game for Liverpool U21s as they beat Birmingham City 3-1 in a friendly. Jack Dunn scored his fourth goal of the season to give the Reds the lead, before summer signing Allan scored his first Reds goal with a long-range strike. Another summer signing Bobby Adekanye, who is still waiting for international clearance to make his league debut, netted a third in the second half to seal the result for Michael Beale’s side.
Liverpool XI: Firth; McLaughlin (Cleary 45′), Polgar (Kent 60′), Brewitt; Randall, Paulo Alves, Allan, Virtue; Madger Gomes, Marsh; Dunn.