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Liverpool transfer deadline day deals as defender leaves and £15m offer rejected

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Liverpool have experienced a quiet deadline day to conclude the January transfer window.

Billy Koumetio’s loan move to Blackburn Rovers was the most notable deal on a quiet deadline day for Liverpool to conclude the January transfer window.

Koumetio will spend the remainder of the season at the Championship side, having been recalled early last month from his season-long loan at French Ligue 2 outfit USL Dunkerque.

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The 21-year-old defender, who has made two senior appearances for the Reds, struggled for game time in France and will hope for greater minutes at Ewood Park.

In the day’s other move involving Liverpool, Rhys Williams made a swift return from a loan spell at Port Vale, subject to approval by the Premier League Board.

Williams had only moved to the League One side last month after being brought back from Aberdeen after failing to play a single competitive minute for the Scottish Premiership side. But before he had a chance to play for Port Vale, the club issued a statement referring to the “emergence of an underlying injury issue” with the centre-back now at Liverpool to begin his rehabilitation.

One player who wasn’t going anywhere on Thursday was Bobby Clark. Several clubs expressed an interest in taking the 18-year-old midfielder on loan for the rest of the campaign, but Clark is now regarded as a first-team squad member by Jurgen Klopp.

It also emerged Liverpool had rejected an offer from Nottingham Forest to sign Caoimhin Kelleher on a permanent deal. The Reds value the Republic of Ireland international significantly in excess of the reported £15million bid and, in any case, had no intention of selling the goalkeeper during this window.

Kelleher is expected to start the League Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley later this month, having been a regular in the competition for the Reds this season.

 

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