Ex-Liverpool midfielder Herbie Kane says he felt like a forgotten man during his time at Anfield and says promises were never kept.
Kane joined the Reds as a 15-year-old from Bristol City.
He trained with the senior squad on a regular basis and was picked out as a future talent by many at the club, including Steven Gerrard.
Kane did eventually realise his dream of first-team football. However, both appearances came when Jurgen Klopp put out weakened squads in the League Cup.
The Bristolian made his debut when coming off the bench in a 2-1 win at MK Dons in 2019. And it was a mixed night when he started for the first time.
Despite the thrill of being named in the first XI, Liverpool were thrashed 5-0 by Aston Villa while the big stars contested the Club World Cup in Qatar.
With opportunities still limited, Kane had loan spells at Doncaster in 2018/19 and Hull earlier this year.
The 22-year-old made a permanent move to Barnsley for a fee of £1.25million in October.
Kane reflected on his time at Anfield in an interview for the Barnsley matchday programme.
“A lot of things are promised to you when they’re trying to sign you, but nothing ever came of it. But that can be football in general, to be honest.
“The only way I can explain what it was like for me there was how when you’re playing as a kid and you’re picking the teams, and you’re the last one picked.
“It was that kind of feeling. It wasn’t the best for me there.”
Kane says experience was still welcome
However, Kane is smart enough to know that all those years at Anfield counted for something.
He played alongside the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold in Liverpool youth teams and was capped by England Under-17s.
“It was valuable experience and I probably wouldn’t be here at Barnsley without it,” he said.
The Tykes are currently 9th in the table.
Kane has featured in 13 of their 19 matches so far although 10 of those have been from the bench.