There has been much confusion this week over Liverpool left-back Brad Smith. The talented youngster has his loan spell at Swindon Town cancelled on Tuesday night by Liverpool - leaving Swindon boss Mark Cooper disappointed to be losing such a talented operator.
Smith, who recently won his fourth cap for Australia, was rumoured to have been recalled because Liverpool want him to commit to a long-term deal at the club.
Indeed, Swindon boss Cooper confirmed that, telling the Swindon Advertiser that they also hoped to convince Liverpool to let him back to the Country Ground when his contract issues have been resolved:
"That was the reason (he was recalled). These things happen. They obviously want him to sign a contract and are trying to put their foot down and say ‘look if want to be a Liverpool player you have to sign a new contract’. We’re talking to them and we have a good relationship as we’ve obviously got the manager’s son playing for us.”
But he was definitely back at Liverpool today. He was snapped in training at Melwood earlier, with the first-team, so it is certainly the case that Liverpool are trying to convince him his long-term future could very well be at Anfield.
Swindon Town will just hope that Liverpool send him back once they get to the heart of his current contract issues.