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Liverpool to lose Ethan Ennis after contract rejection

Ethan Ennis will leave Liverpool imminently, according to reports. The teenager has been a bright prospect in the Reds’ academy.

This comes from the Liverpool Echo. They say Ethan Ennis has rejected a new contract with Liverpool.

The 16-year-old was one of many youngsters to get an offer this summer. Virtually everyone said yes but Ennis said no. Liverpool have now conceded that they’ll lose him.

Their attention now turns to making sure they secure a decent fee in any upcoming tribunal. Ennis will sign terms with a new club, who will then owe the Reds a fee.

That can be negotiated between the two parties but it sounds as though Liverpool will push it towards a tribunal. That might be down to the fact that the two teams linked with Ennis are Chelsea and Manchester United.

Those aren’t exactly clubs on the best terms with Liverpool. Negotiation would be far from straightforward.

Who is Ethan Ennis?

Ennis is a 16-year-old midfielder from Runcorn who played a significant part in Liverpool’s Youth Cup run last season. The Under 18 side reached the final before losing to Aston Villa.

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Ennis bagged three goals in that run, though, and set himself up as a bright prospect in a very exciting young team. The plan was certainly to keep that team together and develop them all alongside one another.

And while that it still the case with everyone else, Ennis will depart somewhere new. We’re not exactly sure why at this point – perhaps he sees an easier path to the first-team elsewhere?

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That’s purely speculation on our part and things should become clearer once he signs somewhere. He’s takin a big risk, however, in leaving a club that has seen a good few players get first-team opportunities over the last few years.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is certainly the standout in that regard but he’s not alone. Curtis Jones is a regular first-team player now, while Neco Williams has made the jump, too.

Though, he too apparently wants to leave for more consistent game time. And perhaps that’s a sign that things are overwhelmingly competitive at Anfield right now.

It’s as good a reason as we can see for why Ennis would want to leave.

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