By Will Butcher
Promising Liverpool youngster Cameron Brannagan is desperate to prove his worth during pre-season as he looks to build on his nine first-team appearances.
The 20-year-old was handed his full Premier League debut by Klopp in May against West Brom, and the German manager believes he can be an important member of his squad.
Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Brannagan is desperate to take his chance during the summer as he looks to fight his way into Klopp’s first-team set-up.
“It’s a big opportunity for me and I need to keep working hard and see where it takes me,” Brannagan said. “If I get my chance in the games then I need to try and take it and see what happens.
“That’s the target every year – to try and beat your number from last year, but I’ll have to see what happens. Hopefully I can get another chance this year and take it.”
The England under-20 international was close to moving to Championship new-boys Wigan after the Liverpool Echo claimed The Latics were willing to pay in excess of £1million for Brannagan, but they have been told there is no chance of a deal being done.
Brannagan served as the captain of Liverpool’s Under-21s side last season, but is now expected to be promoted permanently. He is, however, open to a loan move if that doesn’t materialise.
“If it’s not here and the manager says I need to go on loan to get first-team football there then I’ll do that,” Liverpool’s number 25 said.
“I’m only young and want to play games to get my fitness level up. I want to show everyone what I can do.”
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