By Alex Stevens
Liverpool defender Joe Maguire has joined Fleetwood on a permanent transfer, it was announced on Friday afternoon.
The Merseysiders have decided to sell the Anfield academy product, who turns 21 next week, to the League One club.
The deal was announced by Liverpool on their official website and Twitter account.
All the best, Joe!https://t.co/k8cl9xEntn
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 13, 2017
It brings to an end Maguire’s 11-year association with Liverpool, dating back to when he joined the club at the age of nine.
The left-back, who spent a month on loan at League Two outfit Leyton Orient at at the start of the season, made one senior appearance for Liverpool.
He was a second-half substitute against Exeter in the third round of the FA Cup 12 months ago but did not add to that first-team appearance and has spent most of this season in the Merseyside club’s Under-23s playing in Premier League 2.
Maguire’s exit comes in the same week as another young Liverpool left-back, Sam Hart, rejoined his parent club.
Liverpool announced on Wednesday that Hart had cut short his season-long loan to Port Vale to return to Anfield.
Manager Jurgen Klopp tried to sign a left-back for the senior team last summer but could not agree a deal for Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and decided to re-deploy midfielder James Milner in that position.
It is a decision that has paid dividends as Milner has leapfrogged Alberto Moreno in the pecking order and been a key player for a side second in the Premier League.
In other Liverpool team news, the club have made a striker approach and Klopp has personally called the player to smooth the deal.