Calvin Ramsay has returned to Liverpool from a disappointing loan spell at Preston which saw him make just two Championship appearances.
The 20-year-old moved to Liverpool from Aberdeen in 2022 but has played precious little first team football since then, making two senior appearances for the Reds so far.
The right-back had hoped to gain valuable experience in the Championship, but a knee injury and then struggling with Covid has held him back.
With opportunities at Deepdale limited to just one start and another substitute appearance, Liverpool have brought him back and may now look to send him elsewhere on another loan deal.
While Ramsay would not have expected to play much in his first season with Liverpool, a serious knee injury kept him out of a significant part of it, and his fitness problems continued during the recent loan spell.
Preston boss Ryan Lowe said: ‘It was a bit unfortunate for Calvin. He is a fantastic lad and his attitude and application, he did everything right. We had to get him up to match speed, for the Championship and he obviously had a setback when he first came.
‘He played against QPR and did okay, but it was his first game for a while. He came on against Middlesbrough at half time as well, so he had some minutes. Lo and behold, he got COVID after QPR and missed two or three games, then was out of the squad.
‘All of a sudden, he found himself out of the squad and the lads who were in there, were doing well enough. The squad was the squad and the bench was the bench. We had a chat, me and Calvin, and I said: “Look, we are not leaving you out for a reason, you’ve got to force your way back in now – the squad is the squad, it’s settled”.
‘He was fine with it, no problem. But, I think we’ve come to a mutual agreement with Liverpool that he’s not playing enough minutes or getting enough game time. I think it is probably best that he goes back, and he potentially may go out on loan again somewhere else.
‘So from me, all the staff, players and the football club, we wish him all the best. We were expecting him to be fit and ready early on in the season. We’d agreed to sign him early doors, from July time. He was hoping to come on the pre-season tour with us, for two or three days just to integrate with the group.
‘But, we couldn’t get him there because there was still a bit of work for him to do. And when he did join us, he wasn’t fit enough. He had to go back and reassess. He wasn’t our player and we were governed by what Liverpool wanted to do. We have got a great relationship with Liverpool and both sides did everything they possibly could.’
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