Liverpool youngster Elijah Dixon-Bonner has posted a farewell message after it was announced he is to leave the club.
Earlier on Thursday, Liverpool released their annual retained list via liverpoolfc.com. As Dixon-Bonner’s was included on the list, he took to Twitter to share his feeling that it was the right time to leave.
“The time I have spent at Liverpool Football Club has been special,” began the 21-year-old.
“Coming as a boy with a dream to play for the club I supported from birth to then leaving as a young man having fulfilled that dream. The time has come where I believe the best choice for my future is to move on. To grow as a player and pursue other challenges I have for myself.
“I would like to thank all team mates I have had the pleasure of sharing the pitch with throughout the years & all members of staff work with at my time spent at the club. I wish each and every one of you all the best in your futures.
“Lastly I would like to thank the fans for the immense support I have received throughout my time of being a Liverpool player. You guys are so unique and the moments we have shared together I will cherish for the rest of my life. I love you all. What a journey it has been. You’ll Never Walk Alone”
All the best in your future, Elijah.
Dixon-Bonner had at one stage looked like he might have an outside shot at forcing his way into Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
The manager gave him his debut away to Preston North End in the Carabao Cup in October last year.
After the game, Klopp said the way Dixon-Bonner had been training was ‘incredible’ and that he deserved his chance.
The midfielder was then given his very first start for the club in the FA Cup in January. He impressed as well, looking busy in the middle of the pitch against Shrewsbury Town at Anfield.
Dixon-Bonner very nearly had an Anfield goal to celebrate too. In fact, he really should have. A golden opportunity presented as a cut-back from Andy Robertson found the youngster free as a bird in the six-yard box.
Unfortunately for Dixon-Bonner he fired his shot straight at the goalkeeper and the chance was gone. Nevertheless, the boyhood Liverpool fan described the game as a ‘dream.’
It’ll be interesting to see where the player, who was signed from Arsenal in 2020, ends up. Now twenty-one, he really needs to find himself a club where he can expect to play more or less week after week.
If he can do that, perhaps it won’t be the last we see of Dixon-Bonner at a Premier League club.