Liverpool fans have expressed their surprise after Brad Smith, the club’s forgotten left-back, announced he has signed a new contract with the Reds via Twitter.
The Australia international made the announcement, which very few fans saw coming, on Tuesday night. Scroll down this page to see how the supporters reacted on social media.
“Happy to have signed a new contract at liverpool @LFC” he tweeted.
The 21-year-old made his Liverpool debut under Brendan Rodgers against Chelsea in December 2013. Days earlier he was named amongst the substitutes in a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City.
However, he did not make another appearance under Rodgers and was loaned to Swindon Town last year, making 10 appearances in all competitions for the Robins before being recalled by his parent club two months later.
Fans react to surprise news on Twitter
Smith and Enrique to compete for back-up role
That Smith, who is also capable of playing as a left winger, has put pen-to-paper on a new deal could be bad news for Jose Enrique.
It was reported earlier on Tuesday, by the Daily Mail, that Jurgen Klopp was prepared to give the Spaniard an opportunity to force his way back into the Liverpool line-up. The 29-year-old last appeared for the Reds back in January and was expected to leave Anfield in the summer.
But Klopp is clearly looking for a reliable back-up option for first-choice left-back Alberto Moreno following Joe Gomez’s serious knee injury earlier this season.
Video: Brad Smith v Shamrock Rovers
Haven’t seen much of Brad Smith? Check out his performance for Liverpool v Shamrock Rovers - some fans even compare him to Gareth Bale in the comments.
Liverpool fans: would you rather have Brad Smith or Jose Enrique as your back-up left-back? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!