Liverpool midfielder Bobby Clark is reportedly set to stay at Anfield, dealing a blow to Derby County’s hopes of signing the teenager on loan, as reported by Kiefer MacDonald via Twitter.
Yesterday, it was revealed that Derby County were leading the race to sign the 18-year-old, but he is now set to stay at Anfield this summer. Clark joined the Reds from Newcastle in the summer of 2021, signing his first professional contract in January 2022, and was used as a substitute in the Merseyside club’s 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth in the Premier League last season.
Clark is capable of playing across the forward line and scored in his under-18 debut for the club in a 3-3 draw with Nottingham Forest. 27 appearances in the Premier League 2 for Liverpool has seen Clark score 13 goals and register five assists. This season saw him start that blistering form off once again, scoring once and assisting twice in their 4-0 thumping of Merseyside rivals Everton.
The midfielder is the son of former Newcastle United midfielder Lee Clark and most recently was called up to the under-23 side at Liverpool. He has also received call-ups to England’s under-15, under-16 and under-18 sides.
It is still early on deadline day for Derby, and they still have time to pursue other targets. The club have reportedly since made a move for Sunderland’s Elliot Embleton.
The Rams have been pushing for signings for most of the window, with Paul Warne pleading for new signings following injuries to Max Bird and the departure of Jason Knight. A poor start to the season has seen them performing below expectations of their promotion goal this season.
Clark is a talented midfielder who could certainly prosper from a loan move. However, Jurgen Klopp appears to have a plan for the teenage midfielder to develop while remaining at the club. Having performed at such a high level during his time with the youth team, the next logical step would be a loan move, which could be arranged in January should Klopp’s plans not work out.