Liverpool have confirmed that defender Stephen Darby has joined League One side Rochdale on loan until the end of the 2011-12 season.
The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Notts County, where he made 22 appearances after joining in November 2010.
The youngster is behind England international Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly in the pecking order for the right-back berth at Anfield, and a move to the Spotland Stadium will give him a chance of gaining further first-team experience.
The defender has made six appearances for the Reds, with his last coming against FK Rabotnicki in a Europa League Qualifier in Macedonia.
Darby becomes Dale manager Steve Eyre's fifth signing following the transfers of Marc Twaddle, Ashley Grimes, Simon Hackney and Andrew Tutte.