Liverpool will be frustrated at current Bolton Wanderers situation: View | OneFootball

Liverpool will be frustrated at current Bolton Wanderers situation: View | OneFootball

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·29 February 2024

Liverpool will be frustrated at current Bolton Wanderers situation: View

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Bolton Wanderers used their connections to current Premier League table-toppers Liverpool to bring in yet another one of their young prospects in the January transfer window, but the Reds will be looking at his current situation and be frustrated with what they're seeing, or not seeing.

Ian Evatt managed to bring in 20-year-old Scottish international Calvin Ramsay on loan from Liverpool a few days before the winter transfer window shut.


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When Ramsay was signed by the Merseyside-based team, he was seen as the back-up to Trent Alexander-Arnold that the club had been searching for, but injuries and general lack of game-time has hurt his progression under Jürgen Klopp.

The addition of Ramsay for Bolton looked to be a strong one despite his lack of minutes for Preston North End in the first half of the season, but it's not exactly going to plan for anyone that has been involved in the deal.

Liverpool will be frustrated by Calvin Ramsay's Bolton Wanderers game-time

The 20-year-old, in all fairness, should really be above the League One level.

He made lots of starts for Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership, before making the move to Liverpool, and he spent the first half of this season on loan with Preston North End.

His game-time at Deepdale was equally minimal too, but he is at that level in the Championship - at least - when healthy.

He arrived at the Toughsheet Community Stadium on the January 29, and he has made one start and three total appearances in the league since then.

The full-back wasn't even picked by Evatt to be in the matchday squad against Blackpool and then Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night, which suggests that the Scotsman isn't showing it in training and he hasn't showed it in his appearances either.

Young players like Ramsay, who are at these top clubs, get sent out to the lower leagues to gain experience of playing professional football.

Bolton have to maintain a good relationship with Liverpool

The club have already benefited from the young talent that's being produced at the AXA Training Centre in Kirkby.

Conor Bradley was sent on a season-long loan to Bolton last season, and he won numerous Player of the Year awards for the Trotters as they made it into the League One play-offs - he has since broken into Klopp's first-team and made a real impact at Anfield.

That pre-existing relationship between the two clubs because of Bradley's success in the 2022-23 campaign probably enabled the Ramsay deal to happen.

Liverpool trusted that Wanderers would give the Scottish player good game-time because they did the same with Bradley, but it has not worked out that way so far - albeit it is early days still.

Teams in and around Bolton's level can be elevated up the league due to a few good young players that have been brought to the club on loan because there is a good relationship between them and a Premier League side, and they can provide that level of quality that you wouldn't be able to get from a free agent.

They have to try and maintain that good feeling between themselves and Liverpool, so they can continue to get these young players that are being produced by one of the best academies in the world.

It was evident to see in the Carabao Cup final the level of young talent that's currently on the Reds' books - not just Bradley, but Bobby Clark, Jayden Danns, James McConnell, and one of these gifted teenagers could soon find themselves playing at the Toughsheet Community Stadium if Bolton are able to keep Liverpool's confidence in them to develop their players.

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Should they swallow the pill of playing Ramsay week in and week out if they don't feel he's up to the level that Evatt wants? Maybe not. They are in a title race after all, so they have to prioritise the short-term.

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