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Billy Koumetio, Paul Glatzel, Tom Hill: Liverpool youth to keep an eye on

Last season we saw the Liverpool youth academy showcased as a string of youngsters broke through into the first team with Curtis Jones and Neco Williams particularly impressive. The Reds have been smart with their youth recruitment in recent years, both in the players and the staff – Vitor Matos came in as elite development coach and was referred to as ‘signing of the season’. We take a look at three Liverpool youth players who could breakthrough in 2020/21.

We take a look at three Liverpool youth players who could breakthrough in 2020/21 (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Billy Koumetio

Billy the Kid has been impressing fans, staff and teammates alike during pre-season.

The towering 17-year-old centre back was taken to Austria to train with the first team and didn’t look out of depth when he was afforded minutes in friendlies.

The French defender was brought in from the Orleans academy in 2018 and, according to James Pearce, has received ‘glowing’ feedback this summer.

Turning 18 in December he may be a bit young to be the fourth choice centre back for the first team but we can expect to see him on the bench if not in the starting lineup for cup ties this season.

Paul Glatzel

One of the Liverpool youth academy’s brightest prospects, Glatzel would have likely had his first team breakthrough already had it not been for an horrific injury.

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The English-German striker ruptured his cruciate ligament during pre-season in 2019, suffering the injury in a friendly against Tranmere Rovers.

It was a devastating moment for the youngster who had been tipped for regular cup appearances last season having scored a phenomenal 28 goals for the U18s the season before.

Now that he is back to full fitness and firing again, he recently scored for the U23s against TNS, we can expect him to be given his shot this time around.

Tom Hill

17-year-old Tom Hill made his first team debut for Liverpool last season, appearing in the League Cup tie with Aston Villa when the senior squad were in Qatar.

Although typically a box-to-box midfielder, Hill has been playing in a more advanced role in pre-season, popping up everywhere in the final third.

The adjustment has been paying off with the teenager bagging a goal in each of the U18s pre-season friendlies, bagging one against Crewe, another against Huddersfield and a brace against Leicester City.

The impressive goal haul only tells half of the story, the midfielder could’ve had a lot more having fluffed his lines on occasion.

If Hill maintains his form into the season then we could see him given a shot in the cups, though in which position we just don’t know. His right-place-right-time instinct indicates his future could be further up the pitch.

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