By Scott Taylor
Daniel Trickett-Smith has joined American third division side Sacramento Republic FC after leaving Liverpool. The attacking midfielder, 20, has struggled with injury in recent seasons and has not made a single first-team appearance. His current contract at Liverpool expired next month, and with the Reds deciding not to offer him a new deal, he signed for Sacramento Republic on a free transfer.
Trickett-Smith joined Liverpool from Crewe in 2012 for an estimated fee of £300,000 which rose to £1m with add-ons.
The midfielder was seen as a highly-rated youngster, and was part of an U18s side who reached the FA Youth Cup in 2013.
However, several injuries hampered his development in the side, and this co-incided with the development of Sergi Canos, Sheyi Ojo and Ryan Kent.
Since making his U21s debut, he has made 19 appearances and scored twice, with his last goal coming in the 2-1 win over Man City in February 2015.
His only other goal also came in the 2014/15 season, where he scored in the Reds’ 3-2 defeat at Fulham in October 2014.
Due to the injuries, Trickett-Smith played 90 minutes just once for the Under 21s in his 19 appearances, and that was back in March 2014, where he featured in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at home to Blackburn.
The attacking midfielder was previously linked to loan moves with several Championship teams including Huddersfield Town, but has decided to move to the USA instead.
He joins a newly formed Sacramento Republic who will be competing in their third season.
In 2015, Paul Buckle’s side finished fourth in the USL Western Conference, but were knocked out in the first round of the play-offs, losing 1-0 to LA Galaxy II.
He joins a side with a huge following, as Sacramento have twice set the record for the average attendance in the USL, with 11,329 fans coming to Bonney Field in Republic FC.
Trickett-Smith made his debut for his new side against his former side, where he came on as a half-time substitute in Sacramento’s 2-1 win over Liverpool U21s on Sunday morning.