Liverpool defender nears permanent exit after eight different loan moves

Sepp van den Berg and Anderson Arroyo of Liverpool during pre-season training at Melwood Training Ground
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Anderson Arroyo is closing in on a permanent Liverpool exit this summer after six and a half years at Anfield, despite having never kicked a ball for the Reds.

The Colombian is set to join Spanish outfit Burgos CF, after spending the second half of last season on loan with the Segunda side. Liverpool aren't expected to receive a fee for the Colombian, with the deal set to be finalised in the coming days.

Former Swansea City star Michu, who is Burgos’ sporting director, has worked hard to sign Arroyo permanently after the club’s management decided they wanted to retain the Colombian’s services.

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Reports in Spain recently claimed he had agreed personal terms for a three-year contract with the club, to bring his time at Anfield to an end.

He made 16 appearances for Burgos last season, scoring one goal, with the temporary transfer proving to be Arroyo’s eighth different loan move away from Liverpool after joining the Reds from Colombian side Fortaleza CEIF in February 2018.

He was immediately sent on loan to RCD Mallorca B on an 18-month deal, with the defender unable to obtain a work permit to play in England. However, he would go on to spend the 2018/19 season on loan with K.A.A. Gent, though never made an appearance for the Belgian club.

After another unsuccessful loan switch, this time with Czechia outfit Mlada Boleslav in 2019/20, Arroyo's fortunes picked up after returning to Spain with Salamanca for the 2020/21 campaign.

Still unable to get a work permit to play for Liverpool, the Colombia Under-23s international would spend the next two seasons with CD Mirandes and Deportivo Alaves, winning promotion via the play-offs with the latter in 2023, before joining FC Andorra last summer. However, he was recalled in January before being sent on loan to Burgos.

And while he last signed a contract extension with the Reds in 2022 prior to joining Alaves, Burgos are close to signing the defender on a permanent basis.

Diario de Burgos report that there are still some small issues to be resolved with Liverpool, but it's understood that he will complete his exit shortly.

Arroyo will become the fifth player with first team experience to leave the Reds this summer, after Thiago Alcantara, Joel Matip, Mateusz Musialowski and Melkamu Frauendorf departed at the end of their contracts, while Calvin Ramsay joined Wigan Athletic on loan. Meanwhile, Adrian looks set to also leave Liverpool on a free transfer despite being offered a new deal, with reports in Spain claiming he has agreed a return to Real Betis.