By Scott Taylor
Alex O’Hanlon is set to leave Liverpool in the summer after rejecting a new contract offer from the club. The midfielder, 20, has recently been on trial at both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday as he looks to find another club. After failing to make a single first-team appearance whilst at Liverpool, it looks more likely that O’Hanlon will leave the club in the summer.
O’Hanlon joined Liverpool from Irish side St Kevin’s Boys Club in May 2011, where he progressed from the U16s to the U18s. After playing at left-back, O’Hanlon moved into midfield and his performances in the middle of the park earned him his first professional contract at the end of the 2012/13 season. He followed that up with seven goals in 28 games in 2013/14, the season he also broke through to Alex Inglethorpe’s U21s setup.
Despite a number of fringe first-team players dropping down into the U21s this season, O’Hanlon has made 18 appearances, creating one assist, that coming for Lloyd Jones’ goal in the U21s’ 2-0 win over Leicester earlier this month.
However, with other U21s midfielders such as Kevin Stewart, Pedro Chirivella and Cameron Brannagan all ahead of him in pecking order, his future was always going to look bleak at Liverpool. O’Hanlon then went on trial with League One side Sheffield United, where he scored on his first outing for the Blades in a 2-1 win over Ipswich last week. He then featured for Sheffield Wednesday against Sheffield United on Saturday, where he claimed an assist in the Owls’ 2-0 win over their local rivals.
Liverpool U21s are next in action when they welcome Norwich City to the Kirkby Academy this afternoon.