Liverpool have confirmed that academy midfielder Matty Virtue has left the club for Blackpool on a permanent deal, with the 21-year-old joining the Tangerines on a two-and-a-half year deal, as reported on the League One club’s website. Virtue has been one of the stars of the Reds youth set-up in recent years, with the midfielder scoring goals on a regular basis across the academy age groups. That being said, at 21 years old, it has never really looked that likely that Virtue was ever going to break into the Liverpool first-team despite his obvious talent. An exit was always looking to be on the cards sooner rather than later for the midfielder, and that has finally come with this move to Blackpool. However, some Liverpool fans do not seem to agree with the decision to let Virtue leave for good, with some below hoping the club have included a buy-back clause in the agreement. It is unlikely that Liverpool did so, but it will interesting to see how Virtue gets on in the lower leagues.
Live 4 Liverpool have rounded up some of the best tweets below.
— Fraser (@FraserTurmoil) January 31, 2019
Been following the u18s and u23s for years and @MattyVirtue was always the stand out player in most if not all of the games. Blackpool are signing an excellent player. Thanks for all your efforts and hard work mate.
— And Walsh rises like a phantom out of a salmon! (@Maccalfc75) January 31, 2019
Quite surprised by that tbh, quality ting player! Any buy back clause? Could be another Coady this lad. Good luck Matty
— RedMac (@Grahammcgarty) January 31, 2019
— Daniel Boyle (@D_Boyle6705) January 31, 2019
Thick leaves Liverpool.
— . (@ManLikeMohamed_) January 31, 2019
This guy is super talented. I hope a buy back clause was inserted
— jonathan moloney (@jonathan_wcm) January 31, 2019
— ™? (@FtblGibbs) January 31, 2019
What?! What a talent we've just let go
— Doberman Valley (@DobermanValley) January 31, 2019