Liverpool Club Focus – Shelvey, Cole and Aquilani benefit from Reds’ loan deals

For small top flight clubs and lower league sides, having the freedom to sign an up-and-coming youngster on loan from a Premier League giant can be useful. However, it is not just the minnows who benefit from such deals. Sometimes, top European sides can persuade their rivals to let them borrow a talented player. In these two instances, the receiving club gets a good deal – but so does the parent club.

Liverpool regularly send players out on a short-term basis and Kenny Dalglish’s team could soon reap the benefits of using this system. The Reds recently allowed promising midfielder Jonjo Shelvey to join Blackpool until the end of the year. The Merseysiders hope Shelvey gains some valuable experience at Bloomfield Road, which he can then use to fight for a first-team place at Anfield.

Manchester United have been successful in using loan deals to their advantage in recent years – both Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley spent last season out at Sunderland and Wigan respectively and are now part of Sir Alex Ferguson’s senior squad. With the likes of Shelvey, Dani Pacheco and Peter Gulacsi temporarily with other competitive clubs, the Reds are trying to emulate United’s achievements in this area.

Surprisingly, Liverpool have also let experienced international players Joe Cole and Alberto Aquilani join leading European sides for the duration of the season. But how does the Anfield outfit benefit from letting these ‘bigger’ players ply their trade elsewhere? It can be advantageous in two ways. Firstly, allowing Cole to join Champions League outfit Lille gives the former Chelsea man a chance to rediscover his old form – and if he enjoys a good season, Liverpool could bring him back to Anfield for the 2012-13 campaign.

The other benefit is financial. Should Cole impress at Lille, then the French champions may sign him permanently and Liverpool would of course receive a transfer fee. Aquilani is in the same situation at Milan. Crucially, however, the Reds are saving a lot of money in wages this season thanks to these deals. Both Aquilani and Cole were reportedly being paid a huge weekly wage at Anfield, but Liverpool saved some of that cash by loaning them out – allowing Dalglish a bigger transfer kitty in the summer.

Speaking about the key players out on loan, Dalglish said: “ He added: “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.

In the short-term, sending experienced players abroad will save the Merseysiders a reasonable sum in wages. However, the major benefits can be seen in the long-term, when the likes of Shelvey return. If he improves this season and is therefore ready for the Premier League next term, then Liverpool will have no need to spend £20m on another midfielder. It only takes one success story to save a significant sum of money.

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