Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom has said he couldn't ask for a better manager in Brendan Rodgers, or at West Bromwich Albion in Alan Irvine, where he will spend the season on loan.
Wisdom has made 22 appearances for Liverpool and has impressed under Rodgers but he spent last season on loan at Derby County to aid his development.
The 21-year-old revealed he had the opportunity to stay on Merseyside but opted to join the Baggies so he could get more first-team football and develop his game further.
He is quoted in the Birmingham Mail, saying: “Brendan is a great manager, as you can see with the season they had.
“He said I need to keep improving, playing at a consistent level.
“Alan has said the same thing.
“I couldn’t ask for a better gaffer with Liverpool and here at West Brom.
“I had the option of staying with Liverpool, especially given the number of games Liverpool have this season.
“But with the position I’m in I want to keep progressing on a consistent basis."
After playing on 37 occasions for Derby County in the Championship last season, including in the play-off final where they narrowly missed out against Queens Park Rangers, Wisdom got a good amount of experience under him.
Brendan Rodgers wanted Wisdom to go out on loan last season to get some regular game time, and this loan move evidently affords him the same opportunity but at a higher level.
It also gives the defender time with players who are experienced at this level, and some with a degree of pedigree when it comes to playing in sides who have competed towards the top of the league.
A trust is apparent between Rodgers and Irvine as well, one would think the move could be a success for Wisdom as he looks to improve his game further. Given the competition for places at Anfield, especially defensively as the Reds look to cut down on the 50 goals they conceded last season, it may have been hard for Wisdom to get a game.
For that reason it is probably a good move for everyone involved. West Bromwich Albion are getting a promising defender for a season, whilst Liverpool will be hoping to get an even better defender in return at the end of the season, should he wish to.
Can Wisdom eventually become a regular at Liverpool?