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Manquillo sends message to Liverpool fans

Defender Javier Manquillo has taken to social media to say a special goodbye message to Liverpool fans after signing for Marseille.

The 21-year-old joined the Merseyside club last summer from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid on a two-year loan deal.

However, the La Liga side recalled the Spaniard due to him not getting enough playing time at Anfield during the second-half of last campaign.

The Spain U21 international completed a loan move to French giants Marseille last week but he thanked the support that Liverpool fans gave him last term.

Manquillo appreciated the support given to him, he tweeted: “Grateful to Liverpool Football Club and his fans for the great experience lived that will help me in the future.”

The Atletico academy product impressed manager Brendan Rodgers in the early stages of last season, with the Northern Irish gaffer regularly praising the right-back.

However, Rodgers decided to switch to a 3-4-3 formation which saw Manquillo lose his regular starting place in the side, with his last Premier League appearance being in December against Swansea City.

The 5ft 11in full-back only made three appearances for the Reds in 2015, against AFC Wimbledon and Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup and Besiktas in the Europa League.

German midfielder Emre Can was preferred at right-back when Rodgers returned to playing four at the back in the last few weeks of the campaign.

Also, the recent signing of England international Nathaniel Clyne from Southampton meant Manquillo would have found chances in the team even more limited in the course of the coming season.

By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)

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