By Scott Taylor
Samed Yesil will leave Liverpool next month after not being offered a new contract with the club. The striker, 22, has been out on loan with Swiss side FC Luzern, scoring just once in 16 League games in the 2015/16 season. After two injury-stricken seasons, Liverpool have not offered him a new contract and will leave when his contract expires next month.
Yesil joined Liverpool from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2012 for £1m and at the time was regarded as one of the hottest prospects in German football.
He moved to Merseyside after scoring 58 goals and creating eight assists in 85 games for Leverkusen’s youth side, before make his debut for the first-team.
The German youth international also impressed on the international stage, making 34 appearances across the U16s, U17s, U18s and U19s, scoring 31 goals.
Yesil made two apperances for Brendan Rodgers in the first-team before two serious knee injuries halted his progress which kept him on the sidelines for the best part of two years.
In total, Yesil played just 22 games for Liverpool and the U21s side, scoring six goals and three assists.
At the start of the 2015/16 season, Yesil was loaned out to Swiss Premier League side FC Luzern, managed by former Liverpool player Markus Babbel.
Despite avoiding injury, played just 382 minutes for the first-team in 16 matches, scoring once and making two assists.
His lack of game time mixed with his dip in form, which saw him play for the U21s in the fourth tier of Swiss football. Even this standard of football was too good for Yesil, who scored a hat-trick in his only and only game for the U21s.
Yesil leaves the club after joining with plenty of promise, but injuries restricted his process. The striker has been linked numerous times with a move to Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor, and he has expressed interest in joining them, as he is also a fan.