Liverpool talent posts emotional goodbye message after transfer exit confirmed

Melkamu Frauendorf and Kaide Gordon celebrate with Trey Nyoni.
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Melkamu Frauendorf has expressed his gratitude to Liverpool players and staff in a heartfelt message after departing the club on a free transfer. The 20-year-old midfielder has returned to Germany, signing with 2. Bundesliga side Hannover 96, following a four-year stint at Anfield.

Liverpool had initially signed the Ethiopia-born player from Hoffenheim when he was just 16, with the Bundesliga outfit receiving training compensation for their role in his development.

Frauendorf, who has captained Germany at youth level, started his journey with the Reds under Marc Bridge-Wilkinson in the under-16s before moving up to the under-21s. He made his first appearance for Liverpool during the FA Cup third-round match against Shrewsbury Town in 2022 and was given his first start 10 months later in the Carabao Cup against Derby County.

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The German under-19 international is one of seven academy prospects leaving Liverpool as their contracts expire, alongside Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara. It was announced this week that he will be returning to Germany, initially joining Die Roten's U23s as part of his recovery from injury, in the third tier of German football.

"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 penned 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."

"Thank you to all the staff, especially the kitchen staff, for absolutely delicious food, and thank you to my teachers who helped me succeed in the language classes," he added. "To all the fans who made it special to represent the Club at the matches: Thank you!

"The hardest part of leaving Liverpool was having to say goodbye to my host family, you certainly are more family than host parents to me, and I will miss the life with you and all the kids in the house. There is no way to thank you enough for everything you did for me. All the best to everyone." says: Frauendorf always looked like a good player at youth level but he wasn't ready for the step up to the seniors. There is still a bit of a question about his best position, though he should be able to figure that out with more regular game time. He'll get that back in Germany and he should have a good career ahead of him.