By Coral Barry
Liverpool have rejected an approach from Wigan for Cameron Brannagan after Jurgen Klopp decided he wants him in his first-team squad next season, according to a report.
Brannagan was handed his full Premier League debut by Klopp in May and the German manager believes he can be an important member of his squad.
The Liverpool Echo claim Wigan were willing to pay in excess of £1million for the 20-year-old, but have been told there is no chance of a deal being done.
Newly promoted Middlesbrough were also thought to be harbouring interest in the central midfielder, but Liverpool have let his potential suitors know he is not for sale or available on loan.
Brannagan served as the captain of Liverpool’s Under-21s side last season, but is now expected to be promoted permanently to the senior squad.
Klopp is believed to have been impressed with the youngster’s professionalism and believes he possesses the necessary mentality to fulfill his obvious potential.
Liverpool have parted ways with several of their promising youngsters this summer with Jordan Rossiter and Jerome Sinclair both leaving the club permanently.
However, Brannagan will not be following suit and is now in pole position to land a new contract with Liverpool.
His full league debut against West Brom triggered a clause in his contract that will lead to Brannagan signing a new and improved long-term deal with Liverpool in the coming weeks.