Rookie Liverpool goalkeeper Shamal George remains on loan at Carlisle despite being back at Melwood today (Thursday), according to a reliable journalist.
Liverpool Echo correspondent James Pearce put to bed rumours that George, 19, had cut short his half-season loan at the League Two outfit by reporting that he was merely “training” with his parent club today.
The young keeper is on loan to Carlisle until January after being given the green light to get some first-team experience under his belt.
Twitter went into overdrive when Anfield HQ blogger Jack Sear posted an image on his personal Twitter account on Thursday afternoon that showed Shamal back at the club’s headquarters.
Looks like Shamal George has returned to Liverpool following his loan spell at Carlisle. pic.twitter.com/7ZBHbjIiKT
— Jack Sear (@JackSear) October 12, 2017
But Pearce cleared up the mystery of George’s situation soon afterwards on his personal Twitter account.
Young Reds keeper Shamal George remains on loan at Carlisle. Was just back at Melwood today for training. #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) October 12, 2017
The keeper has made six appearances for Carlisle this season but has been on the bench for the last two league fixtures after a run of four consecutive starts.
The highly-rated 19-year-old from the Wirral is trying to reignite his career after a frustrating campaign in 2016-17, when an elbow problem hampered his progress.
In his absence, the likes of Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher both shone for the Reds’ Under-23s side.
George will be concerned that he has been dropped for Carlisle’s last two matches after a run of starts had suggested that he had won over the fourth tier outfit’s manager Keith Curle. The experienced lower league boss appears to need more convincing about the young keeper, who was told to toughen and bulk up by the Anfield coaching staff after spending much of last season on the sidelines. But he is clearly rated by the Merseysiders, as they tied George down to a new contract before sanctioning his loan to Carlisle.