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Liverpool first-team hopeful Luke Chambers has been told to seek a loan move away from Anfield to “toughen up” by Frank McAvennie.
The 18-year-old left-back made a starting appearance in the friendly defeat to Manchester United in Bangkok on last week. It was certainly a memorable experience for the Preston-born defender playing in front of 50,000.
The defender, who only signed a professional deal last summer, certainly got a taste of what could lie in wait.
“That’s one of my goals – to try to be in and around the first team as much as I can. And when I do get opportunities, I need to take them as best as I can,” he told the club’s website.
It was Chambers’ debut for Liverpool and he revealed Jurgen Klopp told him “go and enjoy yourself and go and do what you always do.”
That might well be difficult once the season gets underway with Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas ahead of him.
Greece international Tsimikas struggled for game time last season, with Robertson Klopp’s preferred left-back option. With that in mind Chambers is not likely to see much senior game time.
Former West Ham and Celtic striker McAvennie told Football Insider the player would be better served by a loan move.
“It’ll be in one of the cups,” said McAvennie.
“I’d be more inclined to let him go out on loan. If he thinks this boy is going to do it, go and play against the men. Go to the Championship and toughen up. Go to Scotland, go somewhere, get game time every week and then see what happens in a year.
“He needs to go to someone just to get game time every week. That way people can see him and [Jurgen] Klopp will say ‘wow he’s playing every week, now we’ll get him back and he can push for the first team’.
Too early for loan deal for Luke Chambers
“You’ve got to play all the time. You can’t play for a few games and then not play for the next ten. That doesn’t do you any good. So I would be of the mindset to send him out on loan somewhere, if he rates him that highly.
“It’s soul destroying to work hard all week and not get a game on a Saturday.”
While a loan deal is seen as the right career path for most young players, Chambers has time on his side. He only turned 18 last month.
He only made his U18s debut in 2020-21 and played just seven minutes in Premier League 2 last season. Chambers did make an EFL Trophy appearance, but the majority of his game time was with the U18s.
Owen Beck, 19, who made two first-team appearances for Liverpool last season, has joined Portuguese side Famalicao on loan for the 2022-23 season. But it may just be that Klopp sees more benefit in Chambers staying around the first team at Kirkby this season.
A loan move may well follow in 2023.
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