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 By Mike Whalley

Andre Wisdom joins Derby on loan

Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom has joined Championship side Derby County on loan for the rest of the season.

Andre Wisdom has had limited first-team opportunities at Liverpool in recent months.
Andre Wisdom has had limited first-team opportunities at Liverpool in recent months.

The England Under-21 international, who can play at right-back or centre-half, has moved to Pride Park on a youth loan.

Football League clubs can sign players on an emergency or youth loan outside the transfer window -- which closed on Sept. 2 and will not open again until January.

Derby manager Steve McClaren has signed Wisdom after losing central defender Zak Whitbread for the next fortnight with a calf strain.

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McClaren told the Rams’ official website: “Andre is a very good and a promising player who we’re delighted to welcome to Derby County.

“Liverpool obviously think a lot of him but he’s at the stage of his development where he needs to play some first-team games, and we’re delighted they see Derby as the place to do that.

“We’ve had a few injuries in defence of late and Andre will bring extra qualities as well as more competition for places, which is always welcome.”

Wisdom enjoyed a run of games at right-back last autumn after breaking into Liverpool’s first team, but has made only two league starts for the club since the end of January.

The 20-year-old is in line to make his debut for the club at home to Birmingham in the Championship on Saturday and spoke of his excitement on his official Twitter account.

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