Calvin Ramsay has returned to Liverpool after spending time on loan at Preston North End, the club has confirmed.
After suffering numerous injuries during his debut season at Liverpool, the Scotland international descended to the Championship in an attempt to earn consistent first-team play in the 2023–24 campaign.
But Ramsay’s knee injury and subsequent surgery kept him out of action for the first three months of the season, and he didn’t make his debut until November 28 in a 4-0 loss to Middlesbrough.
After that, on December 1, the right-back made his first and only start for Preston in a 2-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers. He then returned to Ryan Lowe’s absence list with COVID-19.
Even though Ramsay is now fully healed from his injury, Liverpool started negotiations to end his loan because Lowe did not choose the 20-year-old during the holiday season.
Now, the Reds have announced that Ramsay’s time at Deepdale has been cut short, although rather than reinforcing Jurgen Klopp’s squad, he is expected to be moved out on loan again.
Due to injuries, Liverpool is still without its three senior full-backs: Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Kostas Tsimikas. Conor Bradley and Joe Gomez will have to fill in for the time being.
Though Alexander-Arnold, Tsimikas, and Robertson should all return to the first team in the coming weeks, Bradley has impressed in Liverpool’s previous two games against Arsenal and Fulham.
Ramsay won’t likely be needed for the second half of the season as a result, and Liverpool wants the 20-year-old to be playing frequently as the summer approaches.
Ramsay was acquired by the Reds for £4 million from Aberdeen in the summer of 2022. In his first season under Klopp’s leadership, the defender played in two games for the club, starting the EFL Cup against Derby County and appearing in the Champions League against Napoli.
In the 2022–2023 Premier League season, Ramsay came off the bench once, in a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur. However, his season was cut short as he had surgery in February 2023.
Ramsay’s deal at Anfield expires in2027. During the January transfer window, he will rejoin Liverpool together with Nat Phillips, Owen Beck, Rhys Williams, James Balagizi, and Fabio Carvalho.
Following his unsuccessful stint at RB Leipzig, Carvalho has already been moved out on loan to Hull City twice. Vitezslav Jaros, Marcelo Pitaluga, and Luke Chambers have also left on temporary contracts this month.
Before playing the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final against Fulham, whom they overcame 2-1 at Anfield last week, Liverpool will return to Premier League action on Sunday away to Bournemouth. The match takes place on January 24.