Liverpool ace close to loan exit as Rafa Benitez’s former assistant eyes swoop

Liverpool defender Anderson Arroyo has caught the eye of former Anfield boss Rafa Benitez’s ex-assistant Pako Ayetaran.

The Colombian defender arrived at the Reds in February 2018 before being immediately loaned out to Mallorca on an 18-month deal.

And he spent the last with Czech side FK Mlada Boleslav – but could only make seven appearances after failing to break into the first team.

Portuguese outlet O Jogo, have reported that the 20-year-old is now attracting the attention of a former Anfield man.

Arroyo spent Wednesday training with Ayestaran, who worked with Benitez at Anfield between 2004 and 2007 as assistant manager, at Primeira Liga side Tondela.

The Spaniard assessed the 20-year-old’s condition and the report goes on to say that the club are looking for a season-long loan from Jurgen Klopp’s side.

While there is no buying option for the Portuguese side, the club are getting “close to securing” a deal.

Liverpool have been quiet in the transfer market despite their Premier League success, with Olympiakos defender Kostas Tsimikas the only new arrival this summer.

But club legend Graeme Souness believes there is still more to come from Klopp and his recruitment team.

Speaking to Sky Sports on the Reds’ lack of business, the former midfielder said: "I think it's telling you something.

"I think Jurgen must feel he's got players coming through the system to fill the gaps when the current players get injured.

"Going back to my time as a player there, Liverpool always bought players when they were on top of the pile.

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"You were buying players at that time where you don't know if they'll come in and be an instant hit.

"I think in recent history Fabinho and Andy Robertson were both that where they got them into the club, had a good look at what they had to offer, they fitted into the system nicely when they got introduced.

"So I think that would be a real vote of confidence to the young players at the football club if they don't buy.

"But I have a sneaky feeling that they may still have a go at someone."

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