Oh, hello there, fans of the Champions of Europe! I hope you are enjoying this warm and beautiful run out under the sun after a spell in the wilderness. Maybe you’ve been walking around picking wildflowers. Maybe you’ve been greeting all of the people that you meet with a joyous salutation. Maybe you’ve just been walking about with a goofy grin. However you’re dealing with this wonderful moment, soak it all in.
The rest of the world, meanwhile, continues to turn while Liverpool fans adjust to this wonderful and intoxicating present. International duty. Transfer rumors. Plans for next season. The churn continues at a pace that ignores scores of us that just want to pause everything and luxuriate in the fact that we’ve won it six times.
To that end, Liverpool have confirmed the departures of a few players by releasing their retained list for the upcoming season. We already knew that we’d be expecting the departures of Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno after it was announced the two long serving senior players were leaving earlier this week. Now, we also know the names of the academy players who are departing.
Beyond those two, of particular highlight is young defender Connor Randall, who the club have confirmed as part of the group departing ahead next season. Randall was a bright prospect who began to make waves a few seasons back. Jurgen Klopp gave the young man his Premier League debut in April of 2016 against Bournemouth.
Unfortunately, the young lad was unable to make an impression beyond those appearances and two loan spells between that time and now indicate that his future lies elsewhere. The only other player with first team experience departing is reserve goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, who spent last season on loan with Hibernian.
This moment, I suppose, officially means the transfer season is on. The club and fans wish the departing players all the best in the future and hope that all incoming players will serve with the dedication of those leaving.