Academy lookout: Two Liverpool defenders take big steps in respected careers
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Academy lookout: Two Liverpool defenders take big steps in respected careers

Liverpool’s Under 23-team will be up and running and playing matches in a matter of weeks as opportunities begin to arise from numerous areas of the academy set-up at Kirkby.

In just seven days time, Liverpool will officially begin their pre-season training and a number of youngsters will likely be called up to feature in the Reds’ Premier League-winning squad.

One star who could be among several up-and-coming future prospects is Billy Koumetio.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Billy Koumetio of Liverpool and James McAtee of Manchester City in action at The Kirkby Academy on October 26, 2019 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The France youth international joined the Reds from US Orleans in 2018 and according to Liverpool’s official website Koumetio has signed his first professional contract with the club.

Koumetio, 17, has been a regular feature central defence for Liverpool’s U18s setup and is one of the academy’s highest-rated youngsters.

Starting out on the books of his hometown club Olympique Lyonnais, Koumetio is renowned for his calming presence and ability to defend on the front foot.

Back in October of last year, Koumetio, then 16, was part of the first-team senior squad at Anfield during the enthralling 5-5 spectacle against the Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.

A groin injury hindered his progress in the last few months of the 2019-20 campaign, despite recovering before the season was eventually brought to an abrupt halt due to the ongoing global pandemic.

He clocked up a total of 10 appearances over the course of the season.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 17: Jota of Aston Villa and Morgan Boyes of Liverpool during the Carabao Cup Quarter Final match between Aston Villa and Liverpool FC at Villa Park on December 17, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Morgan Boyes heads out on loan

While Liverpool have entrusted Koumetio with a first professional deal, the club also released a statement regarding another talented Reds defender.

Morgan Boyes completed a season-long loan move to Fleetwood Town on Wednesday afternoon following a stellar campaign for the U23s.

Boyes, 19, recently signed a two-year extension to his current Liverpool contract earlier in January.

He featured regularly under Neil Critchley for the U23s as well Barry Lewtas side playing an integral role in Liverpool’s UEFA Youth League U19 campaign.

Having won the club’s first FA Youth cup in 12 years last year, Boyes has been at the Academy since U11 level and recently made his senior debut in the Carabao Cup quarter-final bout at Aston Villa.

Renowned for his dominance in the air and ability to set-up play, Boyes will now continue his development at Fleetwood, who were beaten in the League One play-off semi-finals last month.


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