Since Jürgen Klopp took over Liverpool they have steadily conquered the world (again). The club has been crowned European, World and then English champions and look set to be at the pinnacle for years to come. Not only has the club assembled one of the best squads on earth they have also been assembling the next best squad on earth, cherry picking some of the finest young talents from across Europe. After impressing at the pre-season training camp Billy Koumetio could be the future of the Liverpool defence.
— Liverpool FC (Premier League Champions 🏆) (@LFC) August 17, 2020
Prodigy from Orleans
Billy Koumetio joined Liverpool from Orleans in 2018 and recently signed his first professional contract with the Reds.
The 17-year-old centre back has featured for the under-18s side and was a part of the under-19s UEFA Youth League squad.
Some may remember that Koumetio was part of the first team squad for last October’s epic 5-5 draw with Arsenal in the EFL cup.
However, not many will be aware that Koumetio was a ball boy on the fateful night that Liverpool trounced Barcelona 4-0.
Billy Koumetio impresses Klopp
Billy Koumetio has astounded gaffer Jürgen Klopp. The towering centre back – two centimeters taller than Virgil van Dijk according to Transfermarkt – has joined the first team at their pre-season Austrian training camp.
Speaking to the official club site, Jürgen Klopp said of Koumetio:
“Billy the kid. He doesn’t look like a kid! In my opinion, his face looks like a kid but then all the rest is like, wow!
“Yes, he’s a big talent…a training camp is a nice opportunity for him, it’s good for us to see him.”
Future of the defence
Billy Koumetio could well be one half of the future of the Liverpool defence.
Along with fellow teenager Sepp van den Berg the Reds have one hell of a centre back pairing for the years to come.
The two towering teenagers have been brought in from Europe to learn their trade at Anfield and have both been included in first team squads in the last year, Van Den Berg even racking up some appearances.
The fact that the French youth international is rated highly enough to be brought to the pre-season training camp speaks volumes about his potential, if both Koumetio and Van den Berg develop as hoped then we could save millions on replacing Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.