Javier Manquillo has issued a farewell message to Liverpool fans after signing a deal that will see him spend next season on loan with French club Marseille.
The Spanish right-back joined Brendan Rodgers’ Reds from parent club Atletico Madrid last year, making 19 appearances across all competitions, including 10 in the Premier League.
A fond farewell
However, despite initially impressing at Anfield he was ultimately branded a disappointment by large sections of the media, and his two-year loan spell on Merseyside was cut short at the halfway mark.
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As a result Atletico have been quick to re-home the youngster, with Marseille the next club prepared to take him onboard as he continues his development.
Rather than harbour bad blood towards Liverpool and the fans that were at times sceptical over his suitability for their fold, Manquillo has since extended an olive branch on social media, admitting that his time at Anfield had been a great experience.
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The right-back berth sorted
Having landed Nathaniel Clyne, and boasting Jon Flanagan in reserve, Rodgers looks to have removed any possibility that his side might be left short following Manquillo’s exit.
The decision to let the Spaniard leave might have otherwise been questioned since Glen Johnson also departed on a free this summer, but Clyne’s addition will have allayed any lingering fears. That’s particularly pertinent as Manquillo looked out of his depth against any opponents of note last season.
His performances during the early stages of the doomed Champions League campaign were enough to land him some backing, but it quickly became apparent that he still has a lot to learn before he’s ready for a club of Liverpool’s stature.
Players still honing their trade, like the 21-year-old, naturally aren’t wanted by Rodgers as he seeks to break back into the top four.
The Northern Irishman himself is under pressure following a wholly underwhelming effort last time out, and it’s safe to say his head will be on the chopping block if the right results aren’t found quickly.
With that in mind it’s unsurprising that there’s been a period of frenetic transfer activity preceding the 2015/16 term, with Rodgers having made no less than seven signings already.
Liverpool fans, do you think Manquillo should have been given another chance? Let us know what you made of his solitary season in the comments box below.