Liverpool youngster joins Carlisle

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Liverpool midfielder Craig Roddan has joined League One side Carlisle United on a short-term loan deal, with a few to a potential permanent transfer to Brunton Park.

The 20-year-old made an appearance for Carlisle's reserves at the beginning of last month and has now agreed an initial switch until January 1, before a decision is made on a potential extension.

"Craig is a very good prospect," manager Graham Kavanagh told the official Carlisle website. "He's played most of his career with Liverpool and it goes without saying that he has had a fantastic grounding in the game.

"He's a player I have watched a lot and he has a huge amount of potential. He's definitely one for the future.

"Hopefully he'll get up to speed as quickly as we need him to be and we're looking forward to seeing him in and around the squad. I've spoken to him already and he knows he's here to push every single player in that position."

Roddan has not made a senior appearance during his time at Anfield, but has established himself as a regular member of Alex Inglethorpe's under-21 side.

Given the depth of midfield talent available to first-team manager Brendan Rodgers, Roddan would appear to have his work cut out if he is ever to realise his dream and play for the Liverpool seniors.

A move away from Liverpool, however, presents an opportunity for the player to prove his worth to Rodgers and, perhaps, force his way into contention for selection at some point this season.

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