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Liverpool defender and Ireland international Corey Whelan joins Crewe Alexandra on loan

The 20-year-old defender was appointed Liverpool’s U23 captain last season.

Ireland U21 international Corey Whelan in action for Liverpool.
Ireland U21 international Corey Whelan in action for Liverpool.
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IRELAND U21 INTERNATIONAL Corey Whelan has joined Crewe Alexandra on loan from Liverpool.

The 20-year-old is a product of the Railwaymen’s junior academy and rejoins the club on a four month deal until 7 January.

Whelan has yet to make a senior appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side and spent last season on loan at Yeovil, where he made 11 appearances.

Whelan, who was born in Chester, initially joined Liverpool’s Academy from Crewe at U10 level. He was recently appointed the Reds’ U23 captain last season.

“Corey started out life in the Crewe Alex academy before being signed by the Reds in 2007 aged nine,” a club spokesman said on Friday.

“He is also a regular internationally for the Republic of Ireland U21s.

“He played 11 games for Yeovil in the second half of 2017-18, scoring once in a 3-2 Checkatrade Trophy victory over Fleetwood Town.

“Everyone at Crewe Alexandra would like to welcome Corey back to the club after 11 years away.”

He joins former Cork City and Preston North End full-back Kevin O’Connor at Gresty Road.

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O’Connor also signed a short-term loan deal with Crewe earlier this week, having not featured for Preston since December.

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