Chongqing Lifan signed a loan from Liu Huan through Beijing Guo’an, seeing the veteran defender return to the club after a two-year absence.
The 31-year-old left-back returns to Chongqing after leaving the club after the 2017 season, returning to his birthplace in Beijing.
Liu struggled to really make his mark in Guo’an’s squad, however, making just 18 league appearances for the club, 26 in all competitions.
With Li Lei and Jin Taiyan ahead of him in the pecking order, it was always going to be a tough task for regular playing time – with Liu Huan only making three league appearances in 2019.
Although not a mainstay of the squad, he is still credited with helping the club win the CFA Cup in 2018, making four appearances in the tournament but not coming off the bench in the final in two sleeves.
Prior to joining Chonqing in 2017, for whom he made 30 league appearances, Liu had spent the majority of his playing career in the lower leagues of Chinese football, primarily with Shenyang Zhongze and Dalian Transcendence.
Liu Huan will now compete with Liu Le for the starting left-back position, with the latter joining Chongqing after the first one leaves before the 2018 Super League season.
Liu Huan arguably had his best season to play for Chongqing in 2017, appearing in every league game that season while scoring two goals and helping another.
The opportunity for him to play regular minutes in the top tier has undoubtedly been of great interest to him and it will be a positive sign for fans to see him return, hopefully, once again.
With the domestic transfer window extended for another three weeks beyond the February 28 deadline, teams appear to be taking their time with new additions.
Shanghai Shenhua appear to be the only club to have resolved at least the majority of their deals, while others still take a long time between moves.
For Chongqing, this could be one of many planned projects and it will be interesting to see how the transfer window plays out over the next few weeks.