Injury to Liverpool left-back is the opportunity 20-year-old has been waiting for
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Yasser Larouci injury could present Liverpool's Adam Lewis with vital FA Cup oppurtunity

Liverpool youngster Adam Lewis could be set to make his professional debut for the senior side in the FA Cup after the Reds were handed an injury setback on Wednesday night.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – JULY 31: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Adam Lewis of Liverpool during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Liverpool and Olympique Lyonnais at Stade de Geneve on July 31, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

While Jurgen Klopp’s European champions made light work of their 2-0 victory against West Ham last night, Neil Critchley inspired the U23s to a dramatic second-half comeback as the young Reds drew 2-2 at Molineux in the Premier League International Cup.

Another Joe Hardy goal and a memorable bicycle kick from Harvey Elliott ensured the young Reds secured the point they needed to top a group which had also included Paris Saint-Germain and Athletic Club.

However, it wasn’t a perfect evening for both the senior and youth team as Liverpool were handed a major blow as left-back Larouci was forced to leave the field due to injury which could rule him out of the FA Cup fourth-round replay with Shrewsbury Town next Tuesday.

Larouci, 19, made his first start under Klopp during the 2-2 stalemate with the League One outfit. The Frenchman was given a show of faith from his German manager after being forced to deputise for James Milner at full-back inside 10 minutes in the 1-0 victory against Everton earlier this month.

The teenager will undergo a scan today, with more known about a potential hamstring issue once that is concluded.

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This means that Lewis is now the likely option to start in the left-back position at Anfield on Tuesday following Klopp’s decision to rule out all senior players from the midweek replay.

Lewis, 20, is one of the academy’s highest rated graduates in recent years with the local lad still yet to make his senior debut following a long-term injury that ruled him out of contention earlier this season.

The England U19s defender was identified as a potential back-up for Ballon d’Or nominee Andy Robertson in pre-season but has been out of action since September after sustaining ligament damage for the U23s against Arsenal, just days after making the bench for the senior side in the Carabao Cup victory against MK Dons.

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, FRANCE – JULY 30: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Roberto Firmino, Fabinho and Adam Lewis of Liverpool during a training session on July 30, 2019 in Evian-les-Bains, France. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Since his recovery, Lewis had made just one solitary appearance under Critchley before being thrown in at the deep end against Wolves last night following the injury to Larouci.

The Merseyside-born defender will have been a player that Critchley would have wanted to ease back into action before any consideration for the first team, but the change of circumstances could hand Lewis an unlikely debut.

Considering Lewis is the only available left-back available for Tuesday’s interim manager Critchley, one thing is certain; it is sure to be a real baptism of fire under the Anfield lights for the young scouser.

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