Date: 14th October 2019 at 3:08pm
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Liverpool are willing to listen to offers for midfielder Herbie Kane in January after pulling the plug on a summer loan move, Football Insider understands.

The goalscoring midfielder was the subject of strong interest in the last window but the Merseysiders did not let him go to one of many suitors.

A Liverpool source has told Football Insider the club are now open to selling Kane in the winter window amid doubts as to whether he can progress from their Under-23s into the first team.

There is a feeling that the bar is now too high for the 20-year-old even though he had an outstanding spell at Doncaster Rovers last season.

Liverpool staff felt Kane could be phased into the senior side in this new campaign.

But he failed to join fellow youngsters Rhian Brewster, Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones, Ki-Jana Hoever and Caoimhin Kelleher in the starting XI for the 2-0 League Cup win over MK Dons at the end of last month.

Kane did come off the bench for the last eight minutes for his Liverpool debut but his original omission was a sign there is too much competition blocking his senior path.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Naby Keita started that match, while first-team regulars Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner are also ahead of Kane in the pecking order.

Football Insider revealed in the summer that Rangers made an approach to take the 20-year-old on loan this season, while there was also interest from Swansea City and Hull City as well as multiple League One and League Two clubs.

Herbie Kane has signed a professional Liverpool contract

Kane would certainly be in demand in January after shining for League One outfit Doncaster Rovers last season, where he started 39 league matches among 49 appearances in all competitions.

The England youth international caught the eye by directly contributing to 17 goals from midfield, made up of seven goals and 10 assists.

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