According to a report from The Mirror, Championship sides West Brom, Blackburn Rovers, Hull City, Wigan Athletic and Preston North End are all interested in bringing Liverpool youngster George Johnston in on loan ahead of the new season.

Defender George Johnston has been in and around the Liverpool first-team picture over the course of pre-season, impressing in the Champions League winners’ 6-0 friendly victory against League One side Tranmere Rovers. And, it seems his performances have been catching the attention of a number of clubs.

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Championship quintet West Brom, Blackburn Rovers, Hull City, Wigan Athletic and Preston North End have all been credited with interest in Johnston, and the aforementioned clubs are queueing up to take him on loan for the upcoming Championship season.

The 20-year-old is yet to make his competitive senior debut but has picked up plenty of experience at youth level with Liverpool. Playing mostly in his favoured position of centre-back, Johnston has played 67 times for Liverpool’s youth sides, appearing in the Premier League 2 and UEFA Youth League on multiple occasions.

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Johnston – a left-footed defender who has also filled in at left-back along the course of his short career – has played 36 times for Liverpool’s Under-23s, scoring four goals along the way. He has made an additional 26 appearances for the club’s Under-18s, netting five times.

Now, with an impressive pre-season under his belt and some game time with the club’s senior players, Jurgen Klopp could look to send Johnston out on loan to pick up more first-team minutes. And, with a number of Championship clubs interested, it may not be long before a formal approach is made for the youngster.

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