With Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp shedding Anfield youngsters in a hurry this summer, talk of a loan move for Real Madrid teenager Martin Odegaard seems awfully strange.
Jordon Ibe, Jerome Sinclair, Jordan Rossiter and Sergi Canos, each of whom are aged 20 or younger, have all been sold outright, bringing in more than £20m, while several other tyros have either left on loan or been released.
Indeed, Klopp was thought to be weighing up whether to send out winger Sheyi Ojo for a temporary switch, prior to the 19-year-old’s recent back injury, or keep the much-heralded prospect on Merseyside.
With Ojo one of just three teenagers still in Klopp’s first-team squad after the cull, alongside Pedro Chirivella and Taiwo Awoniyi, why would Liverpool consider a loan move for a player younger than any of the aforementioned trio, even one with as much promise as Odegaard?
If a permanent switch was on the cards it would be a different matter, yet all the noises coming out of the Bernabeu suggest Madrid are more than keen on keeping the Norwegian, who signed for Los Blancos 18 months ago from Stromsgodset for €4m.
Odegaard is thought to be a Liverpool fan from childhood and trained with the Reds, as well as Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Manchester City, prior to his Spain switch.
Things may have changed somewhat since, with managerial superstar Klopp taking over at Anfield from relative lightweight Brendan Rodgers and Madrid reportedly favouring a loan move to the Bundesliga for their starlet, which suggests German-bossed Liverpool could be in with a shout.
All that being said, number ten-type Odegaard is hardly going to get much game time ahead of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino or Georginio Wijnaldum, with the likes of Ojo, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane also fighting for three spots behind a striker in Klopp’s 4-2-3-1 formation.
If Madrid really want Odegaard to develop, they should insist the 17-year-old joins a club where he’ll definitely play.
Liverpool are 6/4 to finish in the Premier League top four this season.