The Liverpool youngster would have been included were it not for an untimely illness.
Liverpool recently announced their 30-man travelling party for their pre-season tour of the USA, and there was a notable omission.
Not Reds striker Jerome Sinclair – who sent a cryptic tweet about his future on Friday – but attacking midfielder Cameron Brannagan.
Sinclair’s tweet had already suggested that he would not be in Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ short-term plans, but Brannagan is not a striker who would struggle for game-time given the presence of Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings, Mario Balotelli and potentially Roberto Firmino.
The 19-year-old is predominantly an attacking midfielder who can also operate on either flank if required, and while Firmino’s recent signing – along with the presence of Philippe Coutinho – means Liverpool are not short when it comes to attacking midfield talent, Brannagan still deserved a place on the plane.
Well as it turns out he would have got one were it not for an untimely bout of tonsillitis. Sources have told HITC that Brannagan was struck down with the illness last week and as a result Liverpool made the decision not to include the teenager.
Our source tells us that the Reds did not want Brannagan to travel for fear of putting back his fitness and instead he will fly to Dublin early next week to join up with the club’s under-21s.
The England under-18 international is brimming with talent and this summer would have been the perfect chance for him to show Rodgers what he can do when surrounded by first-team stars not just on the training field but also on the pitch.
But instead he will have to be a little more patient, with bad luck the only reason he is not getting his chance this summer.
In time that will change; he is simply too good to not make it into Liverpool’s senior set-up sooner or later.