Monday, July 21, 2008 by Paul Grech
Miki Roque is expected to join FC Cartagena on a season long loan as the young defender tries to put his career back on track.
One of the many young players brought to the club by Benitez in his first months in charge, Roque progressed better than many had expected and even made his Champions League debut against Galatasaray. Since then, however, things have gone decidedly downhill.
First he was sent on loan for a couple of months at Oldham but the League One side only used him to bolster their squad and rarely gave him any playing time. Then last season's loan at Xeres, which was designed to give Roque the experience that he lacked, failed to turn out as planned with Roque making just one appearance for the relegation threatened side.
His chances of making it at Liverpool seem remote, where Mikel San Jose is emerging as the central defender most likely to find his way to the senior squad, yet the club is still determined to give the player the best chance of making it elsewhere once he leaves Anfield.
That no Segunda A - the Spanish equivalent of the Championship - team has shown an interest in Roque is telling but a season for the ambitious Murcia side who has already made six additions to the squad this summer might not necessarily be a bad thing for Roque who has the talent and application but now needs a bit of luck.