On-loan Liverpool midfielder suffers major injury blow
Midfielder James Balagizi has returned to Liverpool from Crawley Town after what is said to be an injury.
James Balagizi has temporarily returned to Liverpool from his loan assignment at Crawley Town. This is in order to investigate a potential injury.
Balagizi will undergo testing to determine the cause of the issue. This was after he was unable to attend last Friday’s training session with the League Two team in preparation for the following day’s home game against Stevenage,
The 19-year-old midfielder is thought to have caught the issue while representing England’s under-20 team overseas. There he took part in victories over Chile, Morocco, and Australia around the end of last month.
Midfielder Balagizi’s season before sustaining injury
Balagizi has excelled, recording three goals and one assist in 10 outings after making the season-long transition to Crawley in August.
The highlight of his tenure so far was a goal against Fulham. The goal let Crawley stun the Premier League team 2-0 in the League Cup second round. Balagizi has been at Liverpool since coming from Manchester City as a U11 player.
The more Balagizi understood the rich history of Liverpool and Anfield, the more appealing the proposition. Ian Barringan made his arrival possible. Ian was the club’s former long-serving head of recruitment. He prefers Liverpool despite the desire to emulate some of the Sky Blues’ greatest midfield operators like David Silva, Kevin de Bruyne, and most recently, Bernardo Silva.
Since his arrival, he has been working his way up through the ranks at the Academy and playing on the team that made it to the FA Youth Cup final in 2021. He signed a new deal with the Reds in June.
Jurgen Klopp put him on the substitutes’ list twice for the first team during the previous campaign. But he didn’t play in the League Cup third-round match at Norwich City. And he also didn’t play the FA Cup third-round game at home against Shrewsbury Town.