5 Liverpool youngsters are hoping to make a first-team claim in pre-season

5 Liverpool youngsters are hoping to make a first-team claim in pre-season

While pre-season is mostly about raising fitness levels for Liverpool, it also offers the club’s rising stars a chance to shine.

Liverpool’s academy has produced some sensational young players in recent years and the 2022 Tour could bring the next big thing to light.

We’ve looked at five youngsters hoping to catch Klopp’s attention.

Stefan Bajcetic

Son of former Serbia international Srdan Bajcetic, Stefan initially came through Celta Vigo’s academy and joined Liverpool £224,000 deal in December 2020 after Manchester United’s interest was turned down.

He initially played for the U16s but quickly impressed the coaches and made his U23 debut just three days after his 17th birthday in October 2021.

The Spain U18 international efficient plays Ace a goal from the centre-back Has also showed his versatility, playing as a defensive midfielder where he sprays passes and dictates play from deep.

“He’s doing really well,” said Liverpool U19 manager Marc Bridge-Wilkinson after beating Porto 4-0 in the UEFA Youth League last season.

“He’s playing a bit differently in midfield at the moment, but he’s good enough to play there. He’s good enough to play the game both in and out of possession in that position and as a centre-back.”

His versatility will certainly help improve his first-team chances as Liverpool prepare to fight again on four fronts in 2022-23.

Luke Chambers

Liverpool are well stocked in the left-back department, with Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas both impressing in 2021-22.

But Chambers will still seek first-team opportunities after playing regularly for Liverpool U18s last season before joining the team England’s team that won the European Under-19 Championship.

The left-back, who can also play as a centre-back, is yet to make his competitive debut for the Reds but was in the starting XI in the first friendly of the pre-season against Manchester United.

“It makes you want more,” he told Liverpool’s website after the United game. “I think once you get the first taste of playing in front of a lot of fans, you just want to play in front of them all the time. So it’s something to strive for.

“With all the fans, it’s something new and I wanted to compete with the best. I think it was a really good test for me and I think I took a lot from the game.

“That’s one of my goals – to try to be in and around the first team as much as possible. And when I get opportunities, I have to make the best use of them.”

Melkamu Frauendorf

While Liverpool have a ridiculously strong squad, some fans have been frustrated by their reluctance to improve midfield this summer.

The Reds are reportedly looking to sign Borussia Dortmund’s Jud Bellingham next summer, which could offer young midfielders like Frauendorf a first-team opportunity.

He arrived from Hoffenheim in August 2020 and has already shown his eye for goals, scoring 15 goals for Liverpool’s youth teams in the last two seasons.

The German U18 international initially skipped the U23 and made his senior debut in the closing stages of Liverpool’s FA Cup third round win over Shrewsbury in January 2022.

He then made his Under-23 debut the following day and now aims to contribute to his lone first-team appearance in the 2022/23 season.

Tyler Morton

A Liverpool fan in his youth, Morton joined the academy aged seven and worked his way through the ranks before making his first-team debut in the EFL Cup in September 2021.

The midfielder played a further eight games in his breakthrough season and impressed Champions League group stage wins against Porto and AC Milan.

“It was a great pleasure to watch the boy play,” said Klopp after the 2-1 win at San Siro. “The football knowledge, the football brain he showed tonight was absolutely exceptional.

“If you’re technically at that level – and he obviously is – and then you have such a good orientation, then sometimes we have enough time to do good things. He did that tonight. He also defended incredibly well with the other guys.”

While he acted as a backup for Fabinho in the deep midfield role last season, Morton impressed as a box-to-box midfielder in pre-season training.

A host of clubs are reportedly pursuing a loan move for the 19-year-old but Klopp is expected to keep him around the formation of the first team on Anfield Road.

Bobby Clark

Bobby is the son of former Fulham, Sunderland and Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark Newcastle U18 debut aged just 14, however rejected her scholarship offer last summer.

He was connected to Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City all joined Liverpool after a personal talk with Klopp, initially costing the Reds £750,000.

The attacking midfielder, who can also play on the wing, showed why he is so highly rated by registering 12 goals and five assists in 22 Premier League U18 games in 2021-22.

According to The Athletic, he managed to beat both Klopp and Pep Lijnders during first-team training and received coaching sessions from former Liverpool strikers Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman.

The 17-year-old has only made one cameo appearance for the Under-23s but could benefit from Klopp’s recent switch to the 4-2-3-1 formation.

“He’s more of an attacking midfielder. In a 4-2-3-1 system, he would be the midfielder closer to the striker in the No10 role,” his father told The Athletic in 2020.

“He is very athletic, has a good change of pace and is tall for his age. He has good leadership qualities. We’ve had good feedback from the coaches on how he’s captained both on and off the field.”

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