Liverpool may have just let 'next Frank Lampard' walk away for nothing

Melkamu Frauendorf has joined Hannover after leaving Liverpool
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While Liverpool is yet to dip into the transfer market for any new signings this summer, the Reds have parted ways with a number of players already.

This week sees the first batch of stars make their return to the AXA Training Centre, with Arne Slot meeting his new squad for the first time. The likes of Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara won’t be among them though, having bid farewell as their contracts officially expired last weekend.

As well as the experienced pair, a number of the club’s younger players also said their goodbyes. Among them was Melkamu Frauendorf, one of the more recognizable names from Liverpool’s academy over the years.

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The 20-year-old has already found himself a new club, joining 2. Bundesliga side Hannover 96 having spent the last four years with the Reds. As he embarks on his new adventure, Frauendorf sent an emotional message to Liverpool.

"As I am entering a new chapter in my career at Hannover 96 Football Club, today is the day to say goodbye and THANK YOU for the four wonderful years I spent at the Liverpool Academy," he posted on Instagram. "I could not have wished for better training conditions, and my special thank you goes out to my coaches, and to all my teammates."

Liverpool fans will no doubt keep a keen eye on Frauendorf’s career now, and they might not be alone in their interest. Plenty of other clubs might well be waiting to see how he develops at Hannover.

The midfielder built a promising reputation for himself after making the move from Hoffenheim to Liverpool. At just 17, he was compared to Frank Lampard for his goalscoring exploits by a scout from a rival Premier League club.

"He reminded me of Frank Lampard," the source told the ECHO after an Under-18s fixture in 2021. "You take your eye off him for one moment, and then he'll appear in the box or in a dangerous area.

"You have to watch him closely, but he was the best player on the pitch by a country mile.”

He was also very highly thought-of before his move to Merseyside, with his former Hoffenheim coach Danny Galm branding him a ‘special’ talent.

"Mel is a very flexible player,” Galm explained. “He is straightforward with a good technique and very, very good endurance. He didn't score the most goals [at Hoffenheim] but he was involved in almost all offensive actions.

"For me, he was a very important player, who often initiated decisive moments with his dynamic and straight dribbling.

"I'm not a fan of comparing players to others but Mel is a special player. He is fast and has good endurance, and he wants to learn, but remains creative.” says: It will be interesting to see how Frauendorf gets on now that he’s left Liverpool. There was a lot of debate over his best position, and he wasn’t quite at the same level as some of the club’s other youngsters who got their chance last season. There is a very good player there though, and the Reds will no doubt be watching on with interest at his development.