Steven Gerrard’s cousin and the “next Fowler”: 5 young people who will regret leaving Liverpool
Liverpool have seen a number of top quality players move from their academy to the first team, but they have also seen a few fail to live up to the expectations placed on them.
Liverpool have seen their fair share of talented youngsters leave Anfield, and while some have been successful it cannot be said for all.
The Reds have a strong academy system and produced some brilliant players who have continued to play for the senior team.
However, as is the case with any top club, there have been a few that have fallen through the cracks and ended up regretting their decision to leave.
Football Mirror examined five players who left Anfield for new pasture, but fell short of expectations.
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Great things were expected from Steven Gerrard’s cousin when it appeared he was moving up the ranks.
The forward was included in the Reds’ pre-season tour of America in 2019, but felt his route to Jurgen Klopp’s first team was going to be blocked by Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
As a result, he chose to leave for Florentina, joining the Italian squad in 2019.
Things didn’t go well for him there, and he didn’t play for the senior squad until he moved to Derby County last summer.
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Formerly compared to club icon Robbie Fowler, Rhian Brewster was approached for stardom when he rose through the ranks at Liverpool.
The striker lingered on the first-team sidelines for several years after proving his abilities in the youth squad.
Winning the Golden Boot at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup confirmed he was a top striker in the making, but he did not play for Liverpool’s senior side in the Premier League before pushing for a start last summer.
Now he is grappling with Premier League basement boys Sheffield United, having failed to find the net in 23 games in all competitions.
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Jerome Sinclair has been compared to Raheem Sterling as he rose through the ranks – not just because the two quick wingers shared the same agent.
Sinclair became Liverpool’s youngest player at just 16 and six days old, and he was expected to explode onto the scene afterwards.
However, he never managed to hold onto a place in the squad and was allowed to leave the club in 2019 when his contract expired.
Now 24, he’s still under contract at Watford, but has had five loans in the past five years.
Dominic Solanke joined Liverpool after going through Chelsea academy.
The striker was highly regarded at Cobham but reportedly demanded a salary of £ 50,000 a week to stay at the club.
And after joining Liverpool, he failed to make it into the first team – largely because of the importance of Roberto Firmino – and he moved to Bournemouth in 2019 for £ 19million.
He is currently shining in the league after scoring just three times in the Cherries’ relegation campaign last season.
Liverpool were eager to keep young Portuguese Rafael Camacho ahead of his exit.
The winger has only played once for Liverpool, having signed from Manchester City academy.
He was in talks about an extension of his contract, but eventually told the club he didn’t want to stay.
As a result, Liverpool allowed him to earn £ 7million but things haven’t gone very well since then.
He joined Sporting Lisbon, but fell to the B squad before heading to Rio Ave on loan this year.