Liverpool are considering allowing youngster Harvey Elliott to move to Blackburn on loan after a late offer from the Championship side, according to a report.
The 17-year-old is on the fringes of Jurgen Klopp’s side after making nine senior appearances for the Reds so far.
However with the early rounds of the Carabao Cup finished – and Liverpool out – his chances look limited. Indeed the FA Cup could be Elliott’s next-best chance, but Liverpool have a poor record in the competition.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Blackburn have made a late approach to bring the midfielder to Ewood Park.
Rovers feel the offer of senior football for the teenager will be enough for him to accept their proposal.
In any case, the offer has reportedly passed the ‘careful’ checks Liverpool operate on every loan bid they receive.
Klopp and his club feel the second tier would be the perfect environment for Elliott to develop and the loan would last until the end of the season.
Blackburn have until 5pm on Friday to seal the deal, as the domestic transfer window draws to a close.
Liverpool look to be busy on the final day of the market, with Elliott making it six players who could leave.
The Reds have accepted a loan offer from Cardiff for Harry Wilson, who will return to the Championship.
Meanwhile, Ben Woodburn could return to League One with either Hull or Charlton.
Liverpool are also willing to wave off Nat Phillips, Liam Millar and Herbie Kane. Potential suitors in the second and third tiers have reportedly come forward.
Keita out for Liverpool at Everton
Elsewhere, Klopp confirmed in Friday’s press conference that Naby Keita will miss Saturday’s clash with Everton.
The Guinea international has a muscle issue, but there are no other concerns for his teammates.
As such, Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara could feature after self-isolating with coronavirus.