Southend United have signed Liverpool's Czech defender Jakub Sokolik on a youth loan until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old joined Liverpool from Banik Ostrava in the 2009-10 season and has been part of their Under-21 squad.
He was an unused substitute for Southend in Tuesday's 2-2 League Two draw at Scunthorpe United.
"He's looking for a contract at the end of the season, so has everything to play for," Southend manager Phil Brown told BBC Essex.
Sokolik's arrival bolsters a Shrimpers defence that has been hit by injuries to Luke Prosser and Adam Thompson in recent weeks.