Liverpool are reportedly set to release promising Irish U21 defender Conor Masterson when his contract expires during the summer.
The 20-year old has spent seven years on the books at Anfield but according to a report from James Pearce in the Liverpool Echo, Masterson is set to leave the club in the next few months.
Masterson had been impressing and coming up through the Liverpool ranks, being named in the matchday squad for last season’s Champions League quarter-final first leg against Manchester City and the Merseyside derby at Goodison.
The centre-back’s progress, however, has been hampered by injuries over the last year with fellow promising defenders Ki Jana Hoover and Nat Phillips overtaking him in the pecking order, while Pearce also outlines that Liverpool have big plans for teenage centre-back Rhys Williams, who was part of the club’s FA Youth Cup winning side this season.
Masterson was recently a part of Stephen Kenny’s U21s squad for their European Qualifier against Luxembourg in March, starting at the heart of the defence as they ran out 3-0 winners.
A move away from Anfield and a chance at first-team football may be the best thing for Masterson’s career as he looks to develop in the game.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had been a fan of Masterson, praising the defender for his confidence when the German told him he’d be in the squad for Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Manchester City last season.
“Conor is a good boy,” Klopp began.
“Very confident, I’m not sure if that’s typical for Ireland.
“But when I said to him, this morning, that he will be in the squad, he said ‘I’m ready man’, so that’s cool.”