Photo: Liverpool's forgotten Spaniard Rafa Paez back at training

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Rafa Paez is back and hoping to make an impression at Liverpool.

Liverpool fans, remember Rafa Paez? Possibly not...

The defender signed from Real Madrid's academy in 2013 at the age of 19, but is yet to play a first team game for the club.

Capable of playing in central defence and at right-back, Paez has featured only in friendly matches for the Reds.

He had a spell out on loan at Italian side Bologna for the first half of last season where he featured in the first team for the Serie A side, and had later hoped to go to Spanish side Eibar, only to see the switch blocked by red tape.

Despite his initial two-year deal he signed having expired, but it appears he has a future with the Reds still, and is keen to make it work.

He is not the only one hoping for a fresh start, with Tiago Ilori in a similar situation, but his performances for Portugal's under-21 side have elevated him into first team discussions.

The issue with Paez, who turns 21 in August, will be whether he is good enough, but if he gets a fair crack in pre-season to make an impression, then Liverpool are at least holding up their end of the bargain.

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