Liverpool defender Calvin Ramsay is set to return to Merseyside, as confirmed by manager Ryan Lowe. The recall comes after Ramsay’s brief stint at Preston North End, where he made only two appearances.
Ramsay, a 20-year-old Scotland defender, had embarked on a loan spell with Preston North End to gain valuable first-team experience and enhance his fitness following a serious knee injury. However, his time with the Championship side proved challenging.
Unfortunately, Ramsay faced setbacks during his loan period in Lancashire, with a knee problem sidelining him for nearly four months at the beginning of the campaign.
His debut for Preston North End came in November under the management of Liverpool-born Ryan Lowe, facing Middlesbrough. He later earned a starting position against Queens Park Rangers.
Regrettably, illness further hampered Ramsay’s involvement, causing him to miss matches for the Lillywhites during the festive period.
Subsequently, he has not been included in a Preston matchday squad since December 9. This decision to recall Ramsay reflects Liverpool’s strategic considerations for the player’s development and well-being.
“We’ve got no information on it yet, but Liverpool are calling him back. We are just waiting on them to officially announce it, but he has gone back to Liverpool yeah,” the former Plymouth Argyle manager confirmed, as quoted by the Lancashire Post. Lowe wished Ramsay well as he returns to Merseyside.
He added: “He had been fit. The first time he went back was for a setback, but he trained every day. He came back to us in November time and the last few weeks, when he was available, his fitness was fine.
“He had Covid obviously, but in terms of fitness – it was an issue because he wasn’t fit enough to be selected early doors. He was then fit and available, coming up against Middlesbrough and starting against QPR. After that, he wasn’t and it’d only been the last week or so he was back fit.”
Ramsay is the latest player to rejoin Liverpool following an unsuccessful loan period. Fabio Carvalho, Rhys Williams, and Nat Phillips have all come back to Anfield after underwhelming experiences away, with the latter’s return occurring despite initially signing a short-term deal with Celtic until January.
The return of the former Aberdeen fullback is anticipated to alleviate Liverpool’s current injury woes, particularly with the absence of first-choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Alexander-Arnold, an England international, is facing a three-week sideline due to a knee injury sustained during Liverpool’s FA Cup third-round victory against Arsenal. Consequently, his return may not be expected until February.