Connor Randall, the Liverpool youngster on loan with League One side Rochdale, has returned to Anfield.
Rochdale’s own official channels released the news, confirming that 23-year-old was heading back to the north-west after a wholly unsuccessful loan spell.
Much was expected of the right back following a good spell with Heart of Midlothian last season. He made 27 appearances for the Scottish Premier League side having previously had a short stay with Shrewsbury in League One.
A fractured cheekbone kept him out of action whilst at Spotland and he’s only been on the pitch three times in their colours. He started all three of those matches, in three separate competitions.
His final outing came in November in League One as Dale were beaten 4-2 at Oxford United.
It is another frustrating set back for a young man who once promised so much. he has three Premier League appearances to his name, making his Liverpool debut in the League Cup against Bournemouth and his Premier League debut against the same opposition.
The Reds will now be looking to place him at another side, likely to be in League One or League Two, where he can get regular football as he did at Tynecastle last season.
We expected this to be a successful loan, but it wasn’t to be. Randall did really well for Hearts last season and was seemingly set for a better move this time around. Rochdale was a bit of a step down, but that was surely with a view to getting regular game time.
Instead he returns to Anfield no better off than he was in the summer. it’ll be a frustrating end to 2018 for the young defender, who’ll be hping his next move sees him back on the right track.