This summer saw Liverpool talent Conor Masterson leave the club. The youngster’s contract at Melwood expired in the summer and he decided to join Championship side QPR on a two-year deal.
It was an exit that surprised some Liverpool fans. Jurgen Klopp always appeared to be a fan of the talented Irishman.
Masterson was named on the bench by the German for the Merseyside derby and a Champions League clash with Manchester City in April 2018, amid injury issues in the first-team.
But last season he failed to make any senior breakthrough and spent his entire campaign with the under-23s, although was with the senior squad when they won the Champions League final in Madrid.
Now he is hoping to force his way into Mark Warburton’s QPR side at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. Speaking to The42 whilst gearing up for Republic of Ireland under-21 action, he admitted leaving Liverpool was hard but was the best decision for his career.
“[Liverpool are] an unbelievable club. The team, you can see how they’re doing, they just won the Champions League. But for me, where I am in my career, I needed to go out and play first-team football.
“Obviously, it was upsetting leaving Liverpool, but for my career, it was the best way to join QPR and hopefully express myself.”
Masterson’s initial place among the Liverpool first-team was due to injury and it was always going to be a tough task to push on after that.
Liverpool have a fantastic current first-team picture at centre-back whilst the emergence of Dutch youngster Ki-Jana Hoever pushed Masterson further down the pecking order.
Klopp and co will no doubt be hoping that Masterson can thrive at QPR and make the best out of his career. But leaving Liverpool was undoubtedly the right decision for the 20-year-old as he attempts to forge his professional career.