West Brom sign Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed defender Andre Wisdom has joined West Brom on a season-long loan.

Wisdom enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Derby County last season, just missing out on promotion to the Premier League with a 1-0 defeat to QPR in the pay-off final and Rodgers is ready to loan him out again so that he can continue his development.

Loan deal

West Brom are in the market for a new right-back after seeing Billy Jones and Steven Reid leave the Hawthorns this summer, and they have moved to agree a deal for England Under 21 international.

Speaking after Liverpool's 2-1 pre-season win over Preston, Rodgers confirmed Wisdom was set to link up with the Baggies.


He said: "After today, Andre is going to go on loan to West Brom, he had a very successful period at Derby last year, he did very well under Steve McClaren."

"He now has the opportunity to go to another very good coach in Alan Irvine, who I know from my youth days. He is an excellent coach and West Brom are an excellent club.

"West Brom have been a rising club for the last few years in the Premier League. He'll go there and it will be another chance for his education and development to continue.

"He'll join up with them sooner rather than later and spend the season there on loan. That will be another step for him in his development, playing regularly in the Premier League."

Step up

Many assumed this would be Andre Wisdom's breakthrough season for Liverpool, fighting for a place against Glen Johnson. They are two completely different players, granted; Johnson is a very forward thinking full-back whereas Wisdom concentrates on defending before anything else.

It seems Liverpool fans will have to wait yet another season for the 21-year-old to be the first choice right-back and hopefully with a good season with West Brom, Rodgers will not need to look elsewhere for Glen Johnson's replacement in the coming years.

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