Brentford winger Sergi Canos is set to line up against his former club this evening, but if his grandad had his way, the 24-year-old would never have left Liverpool.
Canos spent three years with the Reds having joined from Barcelona in 2013, making his first and only appearance for the senior side on the final day of 2015/16.
Six months after that, Canos was on the move again, reuniting with the Bees on a permanent basis as he swapped Carrow Road for Griffin Park as the then-Championship club’s record signing.
It has been a long road for the Spaniard, but he is now back in the Premier League – scoring the first goal of this season’s top flight in the 2-0 opening-day victory over Arsenal – and is set to start against Liverpool today.
Back in August, Canos reflected on his journey in an interview with BeesPlayer, revealing that his grandad “didn’t like” his decision to leave Anfield.
“When I left Liverpool, I knew that I had to go two steps backwards to make a big step forward.
“My grandad didn’t like it! My grandad didn’t want me to move from Liverpool, because the stability of Liverpool, big club, but it all paid off that day at Wembley [in the play-off final].”
It will be another big test of his quality and character, and it will be fitting for a young player who has gambled on himself impressively throughout his career.
“You have to risk sometimes to get what you want,” he continued.
“Sometimes you risk and you don’t win anything, but when you risk and you give everything – and literally we gave everything – and you get it, you are happier. You enjoy it more, I think.”