Terrible mistake? Wonderkid released by Liverpool has 9 goals in 9 games

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Former Liverpool youngster Armin Hodzic is blossoming in Croatia.

Armin Hodzic's Liverpool career will not really be remembered when he finishes playing, just a footnote on where he started out.

The 20-year-old was released by the Reds in 2014 without playing a single game, but Brendan Rodgers' decision to let him go could turn out to be a terrible mistake.

The Bosnian signed with Croatian club Dinamo Zagreb, and failed to win over his bosses straight away. He did not play at all until late February, and ended the campaign with just nine appearances and two goals.

This season has been wildly different. After playing just eight minutes of the first game, he was handed a start, and wowed supporters by firing in a hat-trick.

Hodzic has been a regular starter ever since, and currently has nine league goals in nine games for Zagreb so far this season.

A Bosnia-Herzegovina under-21 international, he was recently called into the senior squad, named as a substitute for the recent 2-0 loss to Wales, although is yet to make his debut.

Hodzic is a striker who is also capable of playing out wide, and has an eye for the spectacular, as evidenced by this wondrous strike.

His departure from Liverpool was not as straightforward as the Reds simply not believing in his talent.

Hodzic needed a work permit and did not qualify for one, and spent a period out on loan in his homeland with Željezničar Sarajevo.

Yet if there was a will on the part of club and player they could have renewed his contract and sent him out on loan to a European club to develop, and qualify for one later on.

This was not part of the club's plan, and if he carries on performing like he has done this season he may fast make Liverpool regret not investing more in him.

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