BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 19, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Trickett-Smith celebrates scoring the first goal against Leeds United during the Under-21 Premier League Cup match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Released Liverpool youngster signs for California side Sacramento Republic

Liverpool youth midfielder Daniel Trickett-Smith has left the club, joining United Soccer League side Sacramento Republic.

Trickett-Smith joined Liverpool from Crewe Alexandra in 2012, in a landmark deal worth £1 million, spurning the advances of Man City to join the Reds’ famous academy.

But four years on, and now 20 years old, the midfielder has failed to break into the first-team setup on Merseyside.

With Trickett-Smith’s contract expiring this summer, Californian side Sacramento Republic have moved to secure his signature, and he will now join up with Paul Buckle’s squad.

Buckle is a close friend of Liverpool academy director Alex Inglethorpe, with this relationship central to Trickett-Smith’s move to the USL, in one of many departures from the Reds’ youth ranks this summer.

Jordan Rossiter has already joined Rangers, while Alex O’Hanlon and Daniel Cleary have also departed the club on the expiry of their contracts.

Jerome Sinclair is also among those poised to leave the club, with Watford believed to be close to securing a deal.

Trickett-Smith’s arrival at Sacramento coincides with the Liverpool U21s’ post-season tour of the US.

Michael Beale’s side will take on Sacramento Republic in two friendlies this month, with four of Jurgen Klopp‘s travelling squad from Wednesday night’s Europa League final defeat set to take part.

Liverpool U21s’ first clash with Sacremento Republic will take place on May 21, at Bonney Field in Sacramento, California, kicking off at 7.30pm PDT (3.30am BST).

They will then travel to Reno, Nevada, to contest their second friendly at the Greater Nevada Field on May 25, kicking off at 7pm PDT (3am BST).

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