Liverpool are closely tracking winger Ryan Kent, who numerous loan offers in this country before deciding to join Freiburg last month.
Kent, 20, signed a new five-year contract after impressing in pre-season and then decided to turn down temporary moves in this country to join the Bundesliga team on loan for the season.
The winger, who has made two sub appearances in the Bundesliga so far, was wanted by Bristol City, Hull City, Leeds United, Middlesbrough, Derby, Sunderland, Reading, Aston Villa and Barnsley.
Kent scored three goals in 38 games on loan at Barnsley last season, but it’s understood Jurgen Klopp was intent on Kent getting some experience in the German top flight under Christian Streich.
And Liverpool U-23s boss Neil Critchley says he is likely to head to Germany soon to check on the progress of Kent.
“It’s not out of sight or out of mind – it’s far from it. They’re our players and they still come under our watch. We’re watching them,” Critchley told the Liverpool Echo.
“He (Kent) had lots of other options in this country, but to go and play in Germany’s top league is a real challenge. I think that tells you a lot about Ryan’s mindset. He’s grown up so much in the past two or three years. I’m looking for my plane ticket to go out and watch him play at some point.
“I’d love to see him play and train in that environment because he’s a young player with great promise and it will be really interesting to see how he does this season. It will be a great test for him.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool will make a decision in January whether to send Harry Wilson, 20, out on loan.
Wilson scored twice as the U-23s beat West Ham 2-0 this week and he has been progressing nicely with Critchley’s men.
Critchley added: “You can have ideas. I suppose a plan is difficult to stick to because you’re reliant on maybe others clubs or people coming in for Harry on loan. But with him being injured, that put that plan to bed for a little while. I’m sure we’ll revisit that in January.”