By Will Butcher
Liverpool defender Connor Randall is attracting interest from two Championship clubs as he looks to gain first-team football, according to a report.
The youngster is expected to leave on loan before Wednesday’s transfer deadline, with Wigan and Preston both credited with an interest in the England under-17 international.
The Liverpool Echo claimed via their transfer blog (August 28, 12.38pm), that the two Championship clubs are in a two-horse race to sign the emerging Liverpool star.
Liverpool have allowed Jon Flanagan to join Premier League new boys Burnley on loan, while Hungarian goalkeeper Adam Bodgan and tricky winger Ryan Kent have also moved away from Merseyside on a temporary basis.
Randall has his work cut out in his attempt to nail down a regular starting spot in Klopp’s starting eleven, with England international Nathaniel Clyne currently the undisputed right-back.
Former Shrewsbury Town loanee Randall was given his debut by manager Jurgen Klopp last season, as the Reds beat Bournemouth 1-0 in the fourth round of the EFL Cup.
Klopp gave Liverpool’s number 56 a further six appearances in the Reds’ first team, with three of those coming in the Premier League.
Randall, who is predominantly a right-back, can also be deployed at centre-back or as a defensive-midfielder.
Liverpool have also allowed eight players to leave the club permanently this summer, with Christian Benteke, Jordan Ibe and Joe Allen for almost £60million.
Also to be shown the Anfield exit door are Martin Skrtel, Brad Smith, Kolo Toure, Joao Teixiera and Samid Yesil.
In other Liverpool transfer news, this playmaker could join Randall in leaving after Serie A Giants Lazio agreed a fee for his services.