By Scott Taylor
Cameron Brannagan is reported to be close to signing a new contract with Liverpool. The Reds’ U21 captain, 19, has just nine months left on his current deal, with runs out in June 2016. Brannagan is set to extend his stay with Liverpool but is reported to go out on loan, with Oldham Athletic linked with him.
Brannagan has had an extraordinary rise through the ranks in recent years. In 2013, he was just a squad player in Steve Cooper’s U18s, playing as a defensive midfielder when he did play. However, under the guidance of Alex Inglethorpe and now Michael Beale, Brannagan has developed into a fine attacking midfielder with plenty of potential. The 2015/16 season sees Brannagan enter his first full season as captain of the U21s, after taking over the reigns from Lloyd Jones, who has joined Blackpool on loan. In the 2013/14 season, Brannagan was in the first-team squad for a few games. He travelled with the Reds for a couple of Premier League games, the Europa League tie at Besiktas, and the FA Cup victory, which was over the side who now want him on loan, Oldham.
Overall, Brannagan has played 42 games in the U21 Premier League, and has scored eight goals and made six assists. He has also featured for Liverpool U19s in the UEFA Youth League, the most prestigious youth tournament in Europe. He made five appearances, scoring twice, including finding the net against Real Madrid in a 3-2 win.
The Manchester-born midfielder does also have international experience. After featuring twice for the England U18s, he earned a recent call-up to the U20s for their games against the Czech Republic. Branngan made his debut in the 5-0 win before coming on as a substitute in the 1-0 defeat days later. He will look for regular first-team football in order to further develop as a footballer.
Brannagan is the second Liverpool U21 player to be linked with a loan move to the League One side, after Ryan McLaughlin attracted interest from the Latics last month. Should he join Darren Kelly’s side, he will add more depth to the squad and will be the 19th Liverpool player to be sent out on loan this season. Oldham currently sit 13th in League One and if the move goes ahead, his last game for the U21s will be on Friday night at Chelsea.