Nigeria and Liverpool teenager Ovie Ejaria has opened up about his disappointment at being released by Arsenal.
Ejaria signed for Liverpool in 2014 but only just made his first start for the Reds on Tuesday night as they beat Tottenham in the EFL Cup.
However, he had already spent nine years with Arsenal, after joining the club at the age of seven.
And he has now revealed that his release came as a massive blow but is now delighted to be on Merseyside.
“It was tough,” reports the Liverpool Echo. “And it came as a bit of a shock, to be honest.
“But I was fortunate enough to have offers from a number of clubs at different levels, some others in the London area and some up north too.
“I chose Liverpool and I’m pleased that I did.”
The youngster also spoke about his debut for Liverpool, and couldn’t hide his excitement.
“It’s happened so quickly,” Ejaria reflects. “Twelve months ago I wouldn’t have thought that this would have taken place, but of course I’m very happy that it has.
“Things have changed in a short space of time for me but it’s been really good.
“It was quite hard at first. I was only 16 and away from home but as time went on I became more used to it.
“One of the biggest things I’ve learnt since coming to Liverpool is becoming more independent. After a while everything became more familiar and I started to enjoy myself more so that helped a lot.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here at Liverpool so far and I hope I will have many more good times with the club in the future.”