Liverpool has confirmed that defender Ryan McLaughlin has agreed a loan move to Scottish side Aberdeen until January. The young right-back, who is yet to make his debut for the Reds' senior team, has two caps for the Northern Ireland national team.
"Liverpool can confirm Ryan McLaughlin has joined Aberdeen on loan until January," a statement on Liverpool's official site read.
The 20-year-old defender has moved away from Anfield in search of regular first-team football and will join fellow Liverpool youth-team player Danny Ward, who moved to Scotland earlier in the summer. The young goalkeeper is also on loan with Aberdeen, but will spend the entire season with them unlike McLaughlin, who is with them only until January.
The Scottish club's manager Derek McInnes has expressed has delight at landing the Merseyside club's defender ahead of other interested clubs. The manager is confident that McLaughlin, who became the first Liverpool player to represent Northern Ireland in 78 years, will be an asset to the team in the coming months.
"I'm really pleased we've managed to bring Ryan to the Club. He's a player who has always impressed us and will give us good options in the months ahead," McInnes told Aberdeen's official site.
"Ryan has the quality needed to play with us at Aberdeen and we are looking forward to working closely with him. Ryan's eagerness to join us over others also gives us great encouragement," the Scotsman added.
Meanwhile, Reds striker Samed Yesil is also reportedly on the verge of completing a temporary move away from the club, according to the Liverpool Echo, with Swiss side FC Lucerne keen on taking him on a season-long loan. The young German forward joined Liverpool in 2012 from Bayer Leverkusen, and has made two senior appearances for the Anfield outfit.
However, the 21-year-old striker has been fraught with injuries since his debut for the senior team and it is unlikely that he will break into the senior squad this season. Rodgers is keen for him to go out on loan and get regular football to help his development, which has been stuttering due to his injuries.