Liverpool have announced a list of youngsters who will not be kept on at the club heading into next season.
Liverpool’s strong youth system has spoken and a whole host of talented players will now be looking for new clubs ahead of the 2013/2014 season.
It’s always a bit difficult to say whether a club is really going to miss a particular player until they have proven their success elsewhere but two Liverpool may regret letting go are Niall Heaton and Danny Wilson.
Heaton was actually told to find a new club with a year left to run on his current deal with the Development Squad and he has gone back to former club Bradford City.
It may be a decision Liverpool regret because Bradford are on the verge of promotion into League One, should they beat Northampton Town in the League Two play-off final.
There have been plenty of examples in the recent past where huge clubs have gone into the third division of English football and have consolidated due to their bigger infrastructures and developed impressively as a result.
Heaton now has a chance to be part of that Bradford side which may be able to mount a strong enough push to breeze through League One next year.
Heaton is also a centre back, which makes the decision all the more remarkable considering the frenzy to grab Brendan Rodgers’ attention in that position at the moment regardless of a player’s quality or calibre.
It’s important to point out it’s not all the club’s fault that Heaton has left, as he’s stressed it was a mutual decision but that doesn’t excuse the issue that Liverpool could have fought harder to retain him.
The other interesting player who is moving on this summer is Danny Wilson, currently on loan at Hearts but he’s expected to make that a permanent switch on a free transfer.
Wilson has apparently been informed that the club will not be looking to extend the length of his contract with Hearts the most likely side to sign him on a permanent basis.
Another interesting omission from the Liverpool youth ranks because he’s an older player at 21-years-old and someone who has featured 13 times this season in a very competitive Scottish Premier League.
He would have returned to Liverpool in the summer full of confidence and belief that he could seriously push for a first team place or at least a very high profile in Liverpool’s Development Squad.
Liverpool are producing youngsters left, right and centre at the moment which means players like this are going to slip through the net but will Liverpool be made to regret it?
Who do you think the club will miss more?
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