When Liverpool chose to send Javier Manquillo back to Atletico Madrid just one season into his two-year loan spell, many Kopites were far from happy.
The right-back was signed by former manager Brendan Rodgers on a 24-month loan deal, with the view to a permanent transfer.
But Rodgers was reluctant to play the youngster, despite the unconvincing performances from Glen Johnson in that position.
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Manquillo made just ten league appearances at Anfield before the Northern Irishman decided he was surplus to requirements.
Those Liverpool fans that were disappointed with Rodgers for not giving Manquillo a fair crack at the whip, will be even angrier after it was reported that the 21-year-old is now worth £30 million.
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Impressing in France
After leaving Liverpool in the summer, Manquillo joined French club Marseille on loan where he has impressed.
His performances have attracted the interest of Juventus and The Sun believe that his parent club, Atletico Madrid, are holding out for a massive £30 million to secure the services of him.
Manquillo began his career at Real Madrid before moving to their Madrid rivals. He made 17 appearances at Atletico as a teenager before the Reds swooped for him.
But, in a season where Rodgers’ side came a disappointing sixth, Manquillo had to make do with a place on the bench for the majority of the campaign. After being let go by Liverpool a statement from the Spanish side said:
Atletico Madrid's statement
“Javier Manquillo will not fulfil his second season on loan with Liverpool. The player and Atlético Madrid decided that he would go to Anfield’s club for two seasons to enjoy the necessary minutes to continue growing football-wise.
“However, in this first season with the Reds, the defender has not had all the minutes he and our club consider necessary for that purpose of accumulating experiences in his sports growth, so by mutual consent it has been decided that he will not follow under the discipline of the English team.”
Although the Merseysiders may regret not keeping hold on Manquillo given his rise in stock, the club have adequate cover in the right-back position.
Nathaniel Clyne, who may have been the reason for Manquillo's release, signed at Anfield for £12.5 million and has been a consistent performer throughout this campaign.
Joe Gomez was also signed in the summer from Charlton and the youngster showed his qualities early in the season before suffering a long-term knee injury, while Jon Flanagan has returned from his injury problems and looks to have returned to his form in the 2013/14 campaign.
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