Liverpool sold Sergi Canos to Norwich City in July 2016 for £2.5million before he moved to Brentford and following their Premier League, he’s back in the big time.
The Spaniard was superb for the playoff-winning side and ahead of his return to England’s top division, Liverpool fans will be excited about seeing him in action more regularly and wondering what might have happened if he stayed at Anfield.
The short answer is that it would have stunted his growth and he likely wouldn’t be set to play in the Premier League next season as he made just one senior appearance for the club, coming off the bench to replace Sheyi Ojo in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City.
After a season in which he scored 9 goals and assisted 10, he could be one to watch from the promoted sides.
The winger has a very attractive style of play with great close control and excellent weight of pass.
What makes him such a good playmaker is that he is able to spot a pass between the lines and rarely hesitates to play it.
This is fantastic for Ivan Toney, Brentford’s star man who scored 33 goals this season, as it means he doesn’t need to hold his run as he knows the pass is coming.
The worst thing for a striker is a fullback that delays a cross or a midfielder that delays a pass as more often than not it means they stray offside or lose their momentum.
Even if Liverpool agreed a buy-back clause in their contract with Norwich, his subsequent sale to Brentford meant that it would no longer be valid and as far as the player is concerned, it’s probably better that way.
A lot of players that leave with the hope of one day returning through a buy-back clause often fail to meet the hype and instead of playing to win games for their new club, they are focused on a potential return to their previous side.
This unintentionally drags their performance levels down and in the end, it helps no one.