Liverpool youngster Sergi Canos is hoping to continue on his route into the Anfield first-team by impressing during a six-month loan spell at Championship side Brentford. The 18-year-old is yet to make a professional appearance since moving from Barcelona in 2013 but is edging closer to senior recognition after being sent out on loan to gain first-team experience.
Canos arrived from the Nou Camp two years ago and after progressing from the club's academy in the Reds' Under-21 side the player has been given a chance to impress in English football with a spell away from Merseyside. The Spaniard will stay with the Bees until January 2016 in an effort to prove he is up to the rigours of the domestic game, before Brendan Rodgers decides whether to give him a chance.
"I'm feeling very good. I'm really happy to be here," Canos, who moved from Liverpool on deadline day in the transfer window," told the Brentford official website. "I think it's an ideal club to play for so I'm really happy. I think I'm more of a winger than a striker. But I don't mind playing striker or on the wing. I think I'm faster but can also be strong against the centre-backs.
"It's been difficult but I have a lot of family living in Liverpool so they can come by train sometimes to visit. My family are opening a restaurant in Liverpool by Penny Lane called Gracias. When I have days off I will go to check everything but my father is the manager so it should be okay. I'm really looking forward to start, play and learn. All the team, and my teammates, are really nice and they have welcomed me really well."
Twelve other players were allowed to leave Liverpool in the summer on loan and while a handful of them like Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic will hope to breathe new life into their careers, Sheyi Ojo, Tiago Ilori and Samed Yesil will attempt to prove they can be long-term options for Rodgers. Upcoming Europa League and Capital One Cup commitments will flood the club's schedule for the first-half of the season, but it might not be until the second-half of the campaign that fledgling players will be given an opportunity.