Blackburn loan option will likely be cleared by Liverpool

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The ROVERS have received encouragement regarding a possible loan for Liverpool prospect Leighton Clarkson.

The Clitheroe-born midfielder is seen as an option at Ewood as the club look to strengthen their options in the middle of the park following the outings of senior players Corry Evans, Stewart Downing and Lewis Holtby.

Highly rated at Anfield, the 19-year-old Rovers fan has been named to Jurgen Klopp’s 34-man squad for a pre-season training camp in Austria ahead of the new Premier League season.

There are reports that midfielder Clarkson will likely be one of the young players looking for first-team experience this season in order to continue his development.

The teenager, linked with a long-term contract at Anfield, made his Champions League debut last December, totaling 90 minutes against FC Midtjylland, and has been on the bench in the Premier League as well as in the FA Cup Carabao Cup and Papa Jean Trophy. He played against the Rovers Under-23s at Leyland last season and also scored against the first team in a friendly 12 months ago.

Rovers’ reputation for helping develop young players would likely work in their favor with Clarkson, as Anfield bosses saw Harvey Elliott shine on loan at Ewood Park last season.

The 18-year-old put his pen to a new long-term contract at Liverpool yesterday and is now looking to make a breakthrough in the top flight.


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