Stephen Sama, released by Liverpool last year, signs new deal at Bundesliga side despite not playing for club

The talented defender seems to be rated by Stuttgart.

Liverpool have plenty of talented youngsters coming through the ranks but in the past not all of them have made it into the first-team picture.

One player who Liverpool did have big hopes on for the future was German defender Stephen Sama. He arrived at the club from new manager Jurgen Klopp's former team Borussia Dortmunf in 2009 and spent five years with the club.

He never featured for the first-team but did make the bench on three occasions, for cup games v Bournemouth and West Brom - with a Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala the third.

When he left the club it came as something of a surprise, as big things were expected of him. But he headed back to Germany and signed a deal with VfB Stuttgart until June 2016.

However he has been playing for the Stuttgart reserves in the German third tier and has not yet featured at all for the club - not even a place on the bench.

The former German under-20 international is now 22-years-old, 23 in March, and needs to make that breakthrough soon.

With his contract expiring in the summer it looked like Stuttgart was again a dead end for Sama's development.

However, he has been handed a shock new deal, keeping him at the club until June 2018, as confirmed on their official website confirmed yesterday.

Who knows what the future holds for Sama but it appears that Stuttgart are willing to give him the chance that Liverpool didn't.

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