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"It was like a dream": Liverpool flop has warm feelings for Anfield spell

Liverpool like to recruit bright youngsters in order to save money further down the line. In recent years this policy appears to have been pretty successful; Harvey Elliott is tearing it up in the Championship and Billy Koumetio is impressing in training. In the past we didn’t have as much luck. Samed Yesil has opened up on his Liverpool stint, he doesn’t regret it.

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The Samed Yesil story

The Brendan Rodgers era was a strange time full of optimism and disappointment.

One cause for both emotions was the signing of Samed Yesil.

The Reds bought the German striker for £1m in August of 2012 after he had impressed for Bayer Leverkusen’s youth academy.

He arrived as an 18-year-old prodigy, impressing for club and country at age group level.

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His Reds career never took off and he can point to a cruciate ligament injury picked up on international duty as a reason why.

Samed Yesil eventually left Liverpool in 2017, joining Greek side Panionios.

Samed Yesil on Liverpool stint

Whilst many would consider such a spell to be a great regret, Samed Yesil feels quite the opposite of his Liverpool stint.

Speaking to Fussball in Germany, the now 26-year-old said of his time on Merseyside:

“I was allowed to play a competitive game for the “Reds” in the cup competition against Swansea on Anfield. That will not be forgotten.

“I only knew Steven Gerrard from television or the Playstation. It had taken me two to three weeks to realize all of this.

“Most of the Liverpool pros came up to me and were helpful. It was like a dream.

“Before every training session, I was always on the field two hours early to make a positive impression. The booth was empty, so I changed and went to the weight room.

“There were then at least twelve other Liverpool professionals lifting weights.

“It was then clear to me that you had to work a lot to stay at the top in the long term. I was impressed by the professional behaviour.”

What RTK has to say

Samed Yesil may not have been a success at Liverpool but he will always have the memories.

The German forward still got to spend time with some of the greatest players of his generation.

What I wouldn’t give to play footy with Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez.

When he retires he’ll tell his grandkids how he got to kick a ball with some of the best.

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