Liverpool have announced that Irish trio Conor Masterson, Glen McAuley and Corey Whelan will leave the club at the end of their contract in the summer.
The news of Masterson’s departure had been expected after the Lucan native’s struggles for fitness over the last couple of campaigns as well as his fall down the pecking order at Anfield.
The Irish U21 international who is currently at the Toulon Tournament in France with Stephen Kenny’s side spoke of his surprise at the release but also outlined that he feels it is what’s best for the next step in his career.
“I was a little surprised (to be released), to be honest. But I don’t think it’s the worst thing that could have happened to me in my career. I think I needed it, to be honest. I’m really looking forward to the next chapter in my career.”
“I went over when I was 13, and I’m 20 going on 21 now, so seven years. I had some great experiences, I can’t complain. I supported them all my life. To be playing for the club I support has been an honour and a great achievement. I really enjoyed it.”
Striker Glen McAuley will also be leaving Anfield after joining from St Joseph’s Boys in 2016. The frontman struggled to get near the first team picture but made 16 appearances in the Premier League 2 for Liverpool this season.
Corey Whelan, an English-born Ireland U21 international rounds out the trio of Irish releases.
They are joined on the list by the likes of Alberto Moreno, Daniel Sturridge, Conor Randall and Adam Bogdan. Meanwhile, new contracts have been offered to Bobby Adekanye, Daniel Atherton, George Johnston, Abdi Sharif and Edvard Tagseth.