Liverpool have been quiet this summer. The Reds have only made a couple of transfers of note, offloading Dejan Lovren and bringing in Kostas Tsimikas. Heading into the new season there is talk of cover needed for the wings, a dynamic midfield option and of course, a replacement for Lovren. According to James Pearce, Billy Koumetio could be the fourth choice centre back for Jürgen Klopp this summer.
Bill the (wonder)Kid
Liverpool appear to have a real star on their hands in the form of Billy Koumetio.
The 17-year-old defender has been impressing throughout pre-season after the boss brought him to the first team’s training camp in Austria.
Having impressed in pre-season friendlies abroad we saw some more of the Frenchman against Blackpool this weekend. Despite an obvious error leading to the Blackpool opener, there was plenty of signs of encouragement – not least the youngster’s impressive eye for a pass.
Pearce on Koumetio
James Pearce has been singing the praises of Billy Koumetio throughout the summer, regularly relaying the positive feedback the teenager has been receiving from the coaching staff.
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The journo went as far as to claim in a tweet that the youngster could be trusted with the fourth choice berth this season.
Pearce believes that the club are relaxed about the situation in defence and that Koumetio could possibly be that fourth choice, although it is the reporter’s belief that a more experienced backup is needed.
What RTK has to say
It would be an exciting if brave move to make Koumetio the fourth choice centre back this season.
We saw against Blackpool just how much he has to learn, although we don’t believe he will be so casual in possession again any time soon.
The towering Frenchman possesses all the tools to become a top player, whether rushing him into first team action will help him or not we can only wait and see.
Although he may not become the fourth choice we likely will see Koumetio given a chance in the cups this season, he appears to have stolen ahead of Sepp van den Berg in the pecking order.