By Matt Farr
Liverpool youngster Sam Hart is attracting interest from English lower league outfit Grimsby Town, according to a report.
The Sun claimed in the print edition of their newspaper on Sunday (page 63) that the 20-year-old left-back is wanted on loan by the League Two side this summer.
Hart has been a regular performer within the Liverpool academy setup following his move from Premier League rivals Manchester United in 2012, and is a highly-rated prospect at the club.
But he has yet to make his breakthrough into the first-team squad at Anfield, despite Jurgen Klopp handing a number of youngsters an important role in the side during the 2016-17 campaign.
The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn were both rewarded with a number of opportunities to shine alongside the senior players at the Merseyside club, while Hart was instead offered out on loan.
A fine athlete, Hart spent the first half of the season on loan at League One side Port Vale, where he made 16 appearances in all competitions, contributing one goal and one assist.
But the youngster could be faced with the prospect of another loan spell away from Liverpool, with Grimsby said to be coveting his services ahead of the new season.
Football Insider verdict
Another loan move would be the best outcome for Hart. Liverpool’s ongoing defensive woes will be a concern for manager Jurgen Klopp, but the German chief is much more likely to turn to the summer transfer market for an answer rather than handing youngster Hart a key role in the side. He already has to compete alongside Alberto Moreno and makeshift full-back James Milner for a first-team role, and a move to gain valuable experience in a more regular first-team environment can only be of benefit to his development. But Klopp must assess his abilities throughout any loan spell next term, before deciding upon whether he is a player that can go on to play an important role in the senior side.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds have reportedly made an emphatic decision on this 27-year-old international.