After turning down a new contract offer from Liverpool, in the summer of 2019 Rafael Camacho signed for Sporting Lisbon for a reported initial fee of £5million.
The Portuguese under 20 international had joined the Reds academy in 2016 after a successful trial and initially spent his time impressing in the under-18s.
Camacho, a winger, made just two appearances for Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp during the 2018/19 season.
His debut came playing in an unfamiliar right back role in the FA Cup defeat at Wolves. This was followed up with a one minute substitute appearance in the Premier League 4-3 win against Crystal Palace at Anfield.
Following his move, Camacho has struggled to make the necessary impact in Lisbon. After an unconvincing spell, he found himself loaned out to Rio Ave FC where his fortunes improved scoring three goals in 11 appearances.
It was not enough however to force himself back into Sporting’s plans so he will once again spend the 2021/22 season on loan, this time at Belenenses.
Camacho spoke to the Portuguese media outlet A Bola about his time at Liverpool and about his friends at the club.
“It was very good for me in terms of growth and I still keep in touch with some players."
"Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Fabinho are some players with whom I got along well and from time to time they send a message to find out how I am and to give some advice."
At 21 years of age, Camacho still has time on his side and will be hoping to showcase his skills this season in the Primeira League.
Reports at the time claimed that the Reds had inserted both a 20% sell on clause and a buy back clause as part of the deal that took him to Sporting.
It remains to be seen however whether Camacho will fully realise his potential that first attracted Liverpool to sign him.