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Forgotten ace still has Liverpool contract after eighth loan despite never playing for Reds

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Liverpool still has a player on its books who was signed in 2018 but has still never pulled on the red shirt. Anderson Arroyo signed for the club as a teenager from Fortaleza before he was immediately loaned to Real Mallorca.

That was one of eight loan spells for the Colombian , which has included spells in Belgium and Czech Republic. He spent the second half of the season at second-tier Spanish side Burgos CF and will now consider his options.

Remarkably, defender Arroyo still has another year left on his Liverpool contract after signing a contract extension back in 2022 so could yet return to the club.

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When Liverpool announced Arroyo's new deal and subsequent loan switch two years ago, it stated that the 24-year-old had been 'gaining experience' but his career has been hampered by work permit complications stopping him from playing in the UK.

It had been hoped that he would progress to become a full Colombian international, which would significantly aid his hopes of getting a work permit. But Arroyo last played for his country at Under-23 level in 2020 and is not close to a call-up.

The Reds had scouted Arroyo extensively when he was a teenager and he previously opened up to Liverpool.com about his career. "When you realize that a club as important as Liverpool is looking at you is something very exciting on a personal level," he said in 2022.

"Liverpool has always been attentive to me while out on loan. I want to establish myself in European football and hopefully one day stay at Liverpool."

Liverpool.com says: Liverpool will surely consider selling Arroyo this summer amid the risk of losing him for nothing in a year's time. His Anfield career remains quite a complicated and bizarre story having never been truly close to playing for the club, despite his intentions. Arroyo will likely be snapped up by another club and hopefully finally be able to settle somewhere permanently.