'The one that got away' – European giants loom over ex-Anfield youngster

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Ex-Anfield trainee Dale Jennings has emerged as a summer transfer target for European giants Bayern Munich according to the Daily Mail.

The former Liverpool youngster has received rave reviews for performances in his breakthrough season at Tranmere Rovers this campaign.

Jennings is wanted on trial by Bayern with a view to signing a permanent deal with the Bundesliga club in the summer.

Having attracted attention from a number of Barclays Premier League sides, Rovers turned down a £600,000 January bid for their rising starlet, in the hope of keeping him at Prenton Park for the remainder of his existing contract.

The Liverpool born youngster who made 32 first team appearances, scoring six goals, was voted League One Apprentice of the Year at the Football League Awards in March after making a spectacular impact in Les Parry's side.


His fine form poses the question of whether Liverpool made a mistake in releasing Jennings from the Anfield academy, especially with the club's new emphasis on promoting from within, making full use of their youth policy since the return of Kenny Dalglish.

Anfield has recently seen the emergence of a number of Liverpool's homegrown stars including Jay Spearing, Martin Kelly and John Flanagan, with a host of other names tipped to make the step up to the Reds' first team in the next few years.

And with Dalglish on the lookout for further midfield additions in the summer, Jennings' fledgling Liverpool career could have panned out differently if he had stayed on the books past the takeover of Fenway Sports Group.

The 18-year-old wing star has blossomed nonetheless in more humble surroundings, and could one day return to his former Anfield home to prove what might have been had he stayed with Liverpool.

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