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It has officially submitted its Premier League retained list following the conclusion of the 2023-24 season. This annual announcement brings with it the confirmation of several departures, spanning both senior squad members and Academy players. The list, while signifying the end of an era for some, also heralds new beginnings for those moving on to new ventures in their football careers.

In this article, we will delve into the careers and contributions of the departing players, their achievements at Liverpool FC, and the club’s future plans.

Senior Departures: Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara

Joel Matip: A Towering Presence at the Back

Joel Matip’s departure marks the end of a significant chapter at Liverpool. The Cameroonian centre-back joined the Reds in the summer of 2016 from Schalke 04. Over his eight-year tenure at Anfield, Matip became a reliable and towering presence in Liverpool’s defense. Known for his composure on the ball, strong aerial ability, and knack for crucial goals, Matip surpassed 200 appearances, netting 11 goals in the process.

Matip’s time at Liverpool was decorated with numerous honors. He played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s triumphs, including the Champions League victory in 2019 and the long-awaited Premier League title in 2020. His consistency and leadership at the back were instrumental in the team’s success during these periods.

Thiago Alcantara: A Midfield Maestro

Thiago Alcantara’s time at Reds, although shorter than Matip’s, was no less impactful. Arriving from Bayern Munich in 2020, Thiago brought with him a wealth of experience and a technical prowess that few could match. Despite battling injuries during his tenure, the Spanish midfielder managed to showcase his exceptional vision, passing, and control in midfield across 98 appearances.

Thiago’s contributions helped Reds secure the Emirates FA Cup and the FA Community Shield. His calmness under pressure and ability to dictate the tempo of the game added a new dimension to Liverpool’s midfield, making his presence a significant factor in key matches.

Liverpool FC Academy Graduates Moving On

Adam Lewis: From Youth Ranks to Professional Endeavors

Adam Lewis, a true Scouser, bids farewell to Liverpool after progressing through the club’s youth ranks since joining at the U6 level. Lewis’s journey through Liverpool’s Academy system culminated in his senior debut during the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town at Anfield in February 2020. For the past two seasons, Lewis has gained valuable experience on loan at Newport County, further honing his skills.

Lewis’s departure symbolizes the club’s robust development system, which continues to produce talents capable of competing at professional levels. His future endeavors will undoubtedly be followed with great interest by those who have seen his growth from a young age.

Melkamu Frauendorf: A Promising Talent

Melkamu Frauendorf, an attacking midfielder who has been a regular figure for Liverpool’s U18s and U21s, is also set to leave the club. Frauendorf joined Liverpool in 2020 and quickly made his mark, debuting under Jürgen Klopp as a substitute in the FA Cup match against Shrewsbury in January 2022. Later that year, he started in the Carabao Cup clash with Derby County.

Frauendorf’s time at Reds has been characterized by his versatility and creativity on the field. As he embarks on a new chapter in his career, his development and potential will be key points of interest for his future teams.

Mateusz Musialowski: The Polish Prodigy

Mateusz Musialowski, another promising young talent, will also be departing Liverpool. The Polish youth international made his first senior appearance for the Reds as a substitute against Sparta Prague in March. Since joining the club in 2020, Musialowski has been a regular for the U18s and U21s, showcasing his flair and technical abilities.

Musialowski’s potential was evident in his performances, and his next move will be keenly watched by those who have followed his progress at Reds. His departure signifies the continual movement and evolution of talent within the club’s ranks.

Academy Players Departing

In addition to the aforementioned players, several Academy-level players are also set to leave Liverpool following the expiry of their contracts. These players include Nathan Giblin, Francis Gyimah, Luke Hewitson, Niall Osborne, and Cody Pennington. Each of these young talents has contributed to Liverpool’s youth teams, and their future endeavors will be supported by the experiences and training they received at the club.

Contract Offers and Future Prospects

While Liverpool bids farewell to several players, the club is also looking to retain key members of its squad. Contract offers have been extended to senior goalkeeper Adrian, who has made 26 appearances since joining in August 2019. Adrian’s experience and presence have been valuable assets to the team, particularly in supporting the goalkeeping unit.

Additionally, Academy goalkeepers Jacob Poytress and Reece Trueman have also been offered new deals. These young stoppers represent the future of Liverpool’s goalkeeping department, and their development will be crucial as the club continues to build for the future.

Reflections and Future Outlook

The end of the 2023-24 season brings a period of reflection and transition for Reds. The departures of Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara mark the end of significant eras for both players, whose contributions have been instrumental in the club’s recent successes. Their leadership, skills, and professionalism have left an indelible mark on the team and its supporters.

For the Academy graduates and younger players moving on, their journeys highlight the strength and success of Liverpool’s youth development system. Players like Adam Lewis, Melkamu Frauendorf, and Mateusz Musialowski have all benefited from the club’s commitment to nurturing young talent, and their careers will be watched with great interest as they continue to develop and achieve.

As Reds prepares for the upcoming season, the club’s focus will be on building upon the foundations laid by these departing players. The contract offers to Adrian, Poytress, and Trueman indicate a strategic approach to maintaining a strong goalkeeping department, while also ensuring a blend of experience and youth within the squad.


Liverpool FC’s retained list and the announcement of player departures is a significant moment in the club’s calendar, marking both endings and new beginnings. The contributions of departing players like Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara will be remembered fondly by fans, while the future careers of Academy graduates will be followed with interest and support.

As the club transitions into the next phase, the focus will remain on building a squad capable of competing at the highest levels, both domestically and internationally. The blend of experienced professionals and emerging talents will be key to Liverpool’s continued success.

Everyone associated with Reds extends their gratitude to Joel, Thiago, Adam, Melkamu, Mateusz, Nathan, Francis, Luke, Niall, and Cody for their contributions and wishes them the very best in their future endeavors. The legacy they leave behind will continue to inspire current and future generations of Reds players and supporters alike.

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By Abdulkadir Salim

Abdulkadir Salim Is content writer for Liverpool FC Times

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