The future looks very bright for Liverpool under manager Jurgen Klopp, but for some of the club’s academy starlets, they face a battle to break into the first team.
The German coach has always been open to giving young talent a chance, but given the prolific form of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, any forward player will find it difficult to win a place.
That could have been part of Yan Dhanda’s thinking when he, according to Goal.com journalist Neil Jones, rejected a new contract at Anfield.
Yan Dhanda is off to Swansea after refusing #LFC's offer of new terms. Contract up this summer. #LFC will get training compensation and will ask for sell-on clause. Player wants chance of first-team football.
— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) May 16, 2018
It is believed that the 19-year-old will join recently-relegated Swansea City when his current deal expires this summer.
The Birmingham-born attacker has been part of Liverpool’s academy since 2013 when he moved from West Bromwich Albion.
His pathway to the first team was never going to be an easy one, but Reds fans think that the club has missed a trick by not tying down youngsters to longer deals and then agreeing buyback clauses, much like Chelsea do.
Other supporters, though, understand Dhanda’s desire to move on.