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'He's gone on to do amazing' - Liverpool backed out of £5m agreement to fast-track Academy jewel

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• None Gary Neville admits he still has 'little hope' about Liverpool after naming Premier League favourite • None How Liverpool fixed relationship with Fulham after 'embarrassing' transfer saga and fee labelled 'madness' • None Liverpool could sign former Manchester United star for free to solve injury issue • None Barcelona 'want' Trent Alexander-Arnold and 'will make £67m offer' to Liverpool

Throughout the summer of 2014, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was left scratching his head at the thought of drawing up a masterplan that would see his side go one better than the previous Premier League campaign.

READ MORE: Joe Gomez set for major Liverpool opportunity he's been waiting for It goes without saying that his departure significantly weakened Rodgers' resources just weeks before the start of the new domestic season, with Suarez's 31 goals in 33 Premier League game in the previous season virtually papering over the cracks of a shaky defensive unit that had so often been bailed out by Liverpool's No.7 - shipping 50 goals, a number only topped by three other sides in the league's top-ten.

That was because of the unexpected title challenge, spearheaded by the ferocious pairing of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, which had taken the Reds to within two points of a first league title since May 1990.

However, any plans the Northern Irishman was to construct during the lengthy hiatus from club football, as he watched his cohort of international stars descend on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, would come without the inclusion of the Uruguayan star who was in the process of forcing through a move to Barcelona for a fee of £75m.

And as soon as the Liverpool manager looked to deliver the Premier League title he had promised during his 180-page dossier in his interview with John W. Henry some two years earlier, Javier Manquillo was signed from Atletico Madrid on a two-year loan deal to help extinguish the Reds' defensive frailties.

He is a good kid and hopefully, he comes back in pre-season and can work well and work his way into the team.” However just days into the summer transfer window Liverpool moved swiftly to sign England and Southampton full-back Nathaniel Clyne for £12m, before agreeing with the La Liga outfit to terminate the Spaniard's second season of the agreement which had brought him to Merseyside the previous year.
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