At the end of each season, an unfortunate reality hits for a number of Liverpool players when the time comes for the club to submit the retained squad list to the Premier League. Sure, there are youngsters that will fetch a fee in the summer or go out on loan once more instead of fighting for a place in the first-team squad, but being released must hurt.
The departures of third-choice goalkeeper Alex Manninger had been confirmed already alongside Tom Brewitt and midfielder Adam Phillips. A young centre back and a promising midfielder will need to make their way in the game away from Liverpool, but Manninger’s professional career has come to an end. The future? A return to his “roots” in construction as a joiner.
Jack Dunn, Jake Brimmer, Madger Gomes, and Kane Lewis have joined those three to make seven players in total. Dunn, however, has already found a home at Tranmere Rovers. The 22-year-old striker spent the second half of last season on loan and made enough of an impression to earn a permanent deal for next season. He told his new club’s official website of his desire to “kick on” and show what he can do.
“I'm delighted to get it all sorted,” Dunn said. “I was a little uncertain about my future but I came here on loan and didn't really have a good crack of the whip due to injury. But now that I'm signed, I'm really looking forward to pre-season and showing all the fans what I'm about.”
Hopefully Dunn and the five other youngsters can use what they've learned during their time at Liverpool to build fruitful careers in the game. In the midst of Liverpool’s ambition and demands for progress, there are always young players that find themselves on the outside looking in.