Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish praised the value of loan system saying it prevents the arrested development of some of his younger players looking for game time and for likes of Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani it is a chance to prove they are still capable of playing at the top level.
Dalglish sent a host of Liverpool players out on loan this summer in order to relieve some of the congestion in his overloaded midfield with the arrival of Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing to Anfield Road.
Aquilani and Cole as well as youngsters Jonjo Shelvey, Dani Pacheco were all sent on loan and the Liverpool boss says that he he keeps regular tabs on their performances though some are unlikely to return to the Merseysiders.
“They’re not forgotten – we know what’s going on. We get a summary of what games they’ve played in, what they’ve done, how they’ve done and how the club they’re with are feeling about it,” Dalglish said of the system which allows him to put unwanted goods in the shop window.
“We keep monitoring them so we know where we’re going. In some instances, for Alberto, it’s an opportunity for him to go back home and if he does well then they’ll purchase him.
“For Joe Cole, it was a fantastic opportunity for him to go and play Champions League football and also in France, which is a league that I think will suit wee Joe down to the ground and he’s done really well since he’s gone there.”
For other players such as Shelvey who is on loan at Championship side Blackpool the loan system is all about development.
“The loan system has got various options to it that you can use it for. In Jonjo’s case, it is purely for his development and benefit, and also for our benefit”, said Dalglish.
“Jonjo’s a very promising player for us, but the difficulty for us is to get him a game. He needs games and it’s a fantastic opportunity for Jonjo to do that. Blackpool have got a good quality player and it’s educational for us because we’ll get to see him play.
“It’ll also be educational for Jonjo because he’s playing at a good level with a good club – and another real bonus for him is he doesn’t have to move house.
“It is important for us to use as many opportunities as we can to develop the players – if we can’t give them games here, then we’ve got to look to get them playing somewhere else.”
The 19 year old Shelvey has scored in his only appearance so far for Blackpool since joining at the end of September.