Injuries have posed significant challenges for Jurgen Klopp this season, with Liverpool losing both of their left-backs leading them to call Owen Black back.
In response, 21-year-old Owen Beck has been brought back from his loan at Dundee United. Klopp has indicated that, despite the young player facing challenges in his previous loan spells, he might have an opportunity to step up to the first team, given the injuries to primary left-backs Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas.
The German coach told reporters [via Liverpool Echo]: “We are really positive about Owen but he had two difficult loan spells, things can happen when you move away from home. Must be the right manager, right team, another experienced left-back already there, so many things can happen. The situation here is clear; we’ve lost two left-backs, so the boy we like is available so we bring him back. That is it.”
In the past two years, Owen Beck has undertaken loan spells with Famalicao in Portugal, Bolton Wanderers, and most recently, Dundee. Despite impressing in Portugal and with Liverpool’s youth teams, his performances at Bolton and Dundee have not reached the same level. With Beck being the sole natural left-back for their upcoming FA Cup clash against Arsenal on Sunday, Klopp might be compelled to grant the youngster a full debut. His comments in Friday’s press conference indicate a willingness to do so.