Cameron Brannagan has no regrets about leaving Liverpool in the summer of 2018 and insists that Oxford United was the best place to fulfil his potential, while speaking to the Banbury Cake.
You would be forgiven for thinking Brannagan felt a little bitter when watching Jurgen Klopp’s Reds lift the Champions League trophy on a balmy night in Madrid two months ago.
After all, the Manchester-born midfielder decided to walk away from Anfield just a year earlier after making nine first-team appearances for the Merseyside giants.
But with Brannagan now fully established as a key player in Oxford’s starting XI and being handed the captain’s armband after winning the club’s Player of the Year, the 23-year-old is confident that he made the right call, even if he did miss out on a magical evening in the Spanish capital.
“I knew I made the right decision as soon as I came,” he said. “I wanted to play football and kick-start my career. Coming here has helped me do that.
“Everyone has been great with me. It was a bit difficult moving down at first because I’ve never really lived away from home.”
Brannagan’s comments will surely catch the eye of a number of talented youngsters who remain on the fringes of the Liverpool first-team without ever really been given a chance to prove themselves on a regular basis.
Sometimes the best thing you can do is to take your career into your own hands. At 23, Brannagan was in danger of missing the boat but walking away from Anfield so far looks to be the making of him.
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