Liverpool boast a proud history of giving their talented youngsters the platform to play first-team football at the club.
The Reds have produced some stunning players over the years and the conveyor belt of talent shows no sign of slowing down.
Given such expertise in that area, it was perhaps a surprise when the club allowed Under-23 captain Matty Virtue to join Blackpool permanently.
The 21-year-old switched to Bloomfield Road, kissing goodbye to his chances of breaking into the Reds’ senior ranks.
He had netted six goals for the Under-23 side this season but an opportunity was not forthcoming.
On Saturday, Virtue scored a stunning second goal for the Tangerines during a 4-1 win against hapless Bradford City.
The central midfielder has now played seven times for his new club and is form is suggesting that he can play higher than League One.
Saturday’s goal was the tip of the iceberg, although his game is about so much more than goals.
His midfield qualities have been there for all to see.
Virtue possesses a superb array of passing which he reads the game superbly well too.
It is early days for the ex-academy prospect in life after Liverpool but the signs of late are that the Reds might have been premature in letting Virtue leave permanently.