By Scott Taylor
Liverpool Football Club have announced that seven Academy players have been released from the club as the Premier League publishes its retained and released list.
Ryan McLaughlin is the most notable player to leave the club, whilst injury stricken forward Samed Yesil also leaves the club after his loan spell with FC Luzern.
Central defenders Daniel Cleary, Kristof Polgar and goalkeeper Andrew Firth have departed, whilst midfield duo Will Marsh and Alex O’Hanlon complete the list of released players.
Northern Ireland international McLaughlin leaves Kirkby after making just ten appearances in a season dominated by injuries.
The defender, who signed in 2011, made his unofficial debut for the Reds back in 2012 under former manager Brendan Rodgers in a pre-season fixtures against AS Roma.
Loan spells at Barnsley and Aberdeen followed, but McLaughlin failed to make the step up. Former Liverpool right-back Rob Jones described him as one of the best right sided players he has ever seen.
Yesil joined Liverpool in 2012 with plenty of potential after scoring 58 goals in 85 games for Bayer Leverkusen’s youth sides before he made his first-team debut.
However, two major knee injuries halted his development, and he has played just 22 games for Liverpool’s U21 side, scoring six goals and making three assists.
He recently returned from a loan spell at Swiss side FC Luzern, where he scored once in 382 minutes and will reportedly joined Trabzonspor on a free transfer.
Cleary, 20, signed for the Reds in 2011, and made 36 appearances for the youth teams at the clubs, but failed to make a single first-team appearance for the club.
The Ireland U21 international was an unused substitute for Liverpool in their 1-1 draw at Bordeaux in the Europa League in September.
He has been back with his local side in Dublin keeping fit over the summer, but has had plenty of offers from clubs in the Football League.
Polgar, 19, joined the club from Hungarian side MTK in July 2012. He progressed through the U18s and into the U21s, where his progress was halted, as he made just three appearances for Michael Beale’s side.
Additionally, he appeared as an unused substitute in the UEFA Youth League for the U19s. The central defender is a Hungary U21 international after representing the U20s and U19s.
O’Hanlon 20, failed to make a first-team appearance for the Reds, but was a regular in the U21s, making a total of 38 appearances, scoring two goals and creating four assists.
The Irishman has been dubbed a ‘Premier League quality’ passer of the ball, and was on trial at Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.
Wednesday are among three sides interested in his signature, with Nottingham Forest and Oxford United also battling for the midfielder
Marsh, 19, is an attacking midfielder and son of Liverpool coach Mike Marsh. He joined the Reds from non-league side Wrexham as an U14 player progressing to the U18s and U21s.
He joined Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on a youth loan midway through the 2015/16 season, and leaves the club after making just two U21 Premier League appearances.
Firth, 19, made the step up to the U21s at the start of the season after being an U18s regular for much of his career.
In order to get game time, Firth joined non-league side Witton Albion on a three-month loan deal and had trials with Championship clubs.
Firth leaves the club after making just two appearances for Michael Beale’s U21s this season, conceding four goals, failing to keep a clean sheet in the process.
Other players to be released from the club are Kolo Toure and Jose Enrique, whilst Toni Gomes is one of seven scholars at Liverpool.