Done Deal: Liverpool versatile defender leaves Merseyside club

Liverpool Under-23s captain Corey Whelan leaves club on loan. The 20-year-old signed a new contract at Liverpool last month and has made 13 league appearances this campaign.

Liverpool Under-23s captain Corey Whelan has agreed to join Yeovil Town on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old signed a new contract at Liverpool last month and has made 13 league appearances this campaign, but will depart the club in order to gain first-team experience at a higher level.

Whelan has been at the club since Under-10s level and was handed captaincy at the start of the season, taking over from Harry Wilson. He has played a key role in helping Neil Critchley’s side reach the summit of the Premier League 2 standings.

The Irish youth international confirmed the move on Twitter, writing: “Delighted to be joining @YTFC on loan until the end of the season. All the best to all players and staff @LFC for the rest of the season.”

He featured in the Reds’ most recent game against PSV Eindhoven in the Premier League International Cup, which Critchley’s side won 3-0.

Although this move will harm Liverpool’s chances of silverware, Critchley has always stated that his main priority as Reds manager is to get youth players the experience they require to develop as footballers, whether that is at the club or elsewhere.

Speaking in December, the Under-23s boss said: “One or two of our players, or maybe more, might get that opportunity to go and dip their toe in senior football. This might affect our results a little bit and we might not win the league.

“Our aim is to obviously to try and win it, but if it means we don’t and some of our players get a challenge that they’re ready for, then so be it.”

Yeovil sit 20th in League Two, seven points clear of the relegation zone. The Glovers will be hoping that Whelan will be able to add stability in their defence as they look to beat the drop.