Former Liverpool midfielder Cameron Brannagan has told the Oxford Mail that he made the right decision to join Oxford United.
The 23-year-old left Anfield behind in January 2018, choosing to pen permanent terms with the U’s.
Having come through the youth ranks at Liverpool it will have undoubtedly been a tough decision for the tough-tackling maestro.
He left the Premier League giants with just nine first-team appearances to his name. Brannagan now has 68 games under his belt with Oxford and is a regular in Karl Robinson’s team.
The Anfield academy graduate is under no illusions that he made the right decision for his career.
He told the Oxford Mail: “I knew I made the right decision as soon as I came here.
“I wanted to play football and kick-start my career. Coming here has helped me do that. Everyone has been great with me. It was a bit difficult moving down at first because I’ve never really lived away from home.
Brannagan netted a superb free-kick to see Oxford advance in the EFL Cup in midweek and he is relishing being a regular in the team.
He continued: “It makes you feel like home. I look forward to coming in.
“Once you get the flow of being in with the boys and getting to play every week, it’s really good.
“You just feel the vibe and you want more of it.”
TBR Verdict – Could Brannagan be one that got away for Liverpool?
Liverpool fans will be happy to hear that Brannagan is making his mark at another club, given how highly-rated he was for a long time at Anfield.
The more he progresses elsewhere, the more those supporters might just wonder if the club was a little quick to offload him permanently.
Brannagan plays in a position that he could have perhaps thrived in at Liverpool.
The tough-tackling nature of the midfield three that Jurgen Klopp often deploys would have been right up his street.
Okay, so you wouldn’t put him ahead of Naby Keita or Fabinho but nonetheless, he might have proved a useful squad player.
If Brannagan continues at his current rate he looks almost certain to play in the Championship and if he does well there who knows where he could end up playing his football.