By Scott Taylor
Jordan Lussey and Marc Pelosi have been released by Premier League side Liverpool, as they continue their shake-up ahead of the 2015/16 season. Lussey, 20, has been with the Reds for more than 10 years, joining as an Under-9 player. Pelosi, also 20, impressed Liverpool scouts when competing at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which ultimately led to his move to Merseyside.
Lussey was on loan at Championship side Bolton Wanderers for the latter of the 2014/15 season, but only featured for their Under-21 side. It is understood that they are interested in bringing the midfielder to the Macron Stadium, as he is seen as ‘one for the future’. The closest he got to the first-team was when he travelled with the squad to Besiktas, where the Reds suffered a penalty shootout defeat.
Lussey has been ever present in the youth teams, starting out in the Under-18s and finishing in the Under-21s. He scored nine goals in 27 appearances in his first season, and made the most appearances out of any player in the season after. This led to him being given the captaincy and he continued to flourish. In the 2012/13 season, he scored three goals in 20 games, and also made the jump up to Under-21 level. In his first season with the Under-21s, he scored three goals in 15 games, but found opportunities limited this season which led to his departure.
Pelosi has been struggling with a series of injuries which has meant his game time has been heavily affected this season, and is deemed surplus to requirements, depsite signing a new contract extension in the past year. The American midfielder was on the verge of playing first-team football, but broke his leg in February 2013 when playing against West Bromwich Albion. Although he is a central midfielder, he can play at left-back and left-wing. Pelosi’s future is still unclear so we wish him the best of luck in finding a new club.
After signing from Californian side De Anza Force, Pelosi made an instant impact in the Under-18s. He played regularly and before the season ended, he made his debut for the then reserves in the 2011/12 season. His 2012/13 campaign was cut short because of his leg break, but he did play 17 times, scoring three goals. His recovery took well over a year, and with the rise of younger talents such as Cameron Brannagan and Sheyi Ojo, he found it hard to find a regular starting place in the side.
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By Scott Taylor