Liverpool, the European giants once more, had an incredible football campaign where they secured a successive Champions League qualification berth and also progressed through to the grand finale of this prestigious event where they will be contesting Champions Real Madrid in less than a couple of weeks time.
However, the Reds are facing some discomfort in retaining some of their key resources both at a senior level as well as the academy ranks. Emre Can has already played his last game in Liverpool colors and will join Juventus this summer upon expiration of his current contract at the end of this campaign. Rhian Brewster, England’s U17 World Cup hero, has rejected a professional deal and plotting a move to Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach are reportedly the current frontrunners to acquire his services. Meanwhile, the Merseysiders suffered a fresh blow today when academy prodigy Yan Dhanda completed his transfer to newly relegated Swansea City in search of first-team opportunities.
Dhanda, 19, joined from West Brom’s academy back in 2013 and penned his first professional deal back in December 2015 which, however, is set to expire in a few days time. He turned down a contract extension offer and has undergone his medical in Wales with official confirmation pending. The attacking midfielder has been the first Indian-origin footballer in club’s history but opted to switch sides before knocking the first-team door.
Dhanda, however, signed off in style for the U23s as he netted a brace in their massive 5-1 victory over Chelsea last week in the ultimate encounter of the PL2 campaign. His egress will be a huge blow for Neil Critchley, club’s academy boss, who will now have to reconstruct the squad following such a high-profile exit but must be content with the progress of the U18 side as a few of them are ready to step up now and feature for the reserves. But the midfielder’s decision of parting ways once again points out the uncertainty of senior minutes at such big clubs of England where some of them are now forced to concentrate more on the transfer market over promoting the youth in order to stay relevant in title battle alongside the expensive outfits.