Matty Virtue is shining in Liverpool’s academy team this season.
He is the captain and he is one of the best players in the side, scoring a handful of goals this season from midfield.
Virtue’s box-to-box midfield displays show that he is a class above the under-23 football he is playing at the moment.
But Jurgen Klopp has not yet deemed him ready to make the leap from youth football to senior football.
Last season, the 21-year-old was on loan at Notts County, where he impressed for half a season.
He helped the Magpies reach the play-off semi-finals, where they were beaten by Coventry City, but he did not move out on loan again in the summer.
There are plenty of top class players blocking his route to the first-team midfield, including Gini Wijnaldum, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita and Fabinho.
With first-team opportunities looking limited, Liverpool need to allow the young central midfielder to prove his worth out on loan.
With his 22nd birthday coming up before the end of the season, Virtue is running out of opportunities to make it at Liverpool.
But his youth team performances have caught the eye and there is certainly hope that he can become a first-team player in the near future.
That is why a loan spell would help Klopp discover just how good Virtue really is.