Liverpool have been building for the future in recent years. The Reds haven’t splashed tremendous amounts of money on the first team, net spend and all that. Instead, the club have brought in a string of impressive youth players who have been cutting their teeth at the academy. One such youth player has been impressing all at the club, Pep Lijnders has drooled over the ‘proper talent’ Billy Koumetio.

Pep Lijnders has drooled over the 'proper talent' Billy Koumetio.

Pep Lijnders has drooled over the ‘proper talent’ Billy Koumetio. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Who is Billy Koumetio?

Liverpool signed Billy Koumetio from Orleans in 2018.

The 17-year-old centre back signed his first professional contract with the club in August 2020.

A France youth international, the towering defender spent last season playing for the U18s side but he has impressed the senior coaching staff throughout pre-season.

Over the summer Koumetio was handed starts in a string of friendly games following a strong showing at the club’s Austrian training camp.

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Lijnders on Koumetio

Speaking to the pre-match press conference ahead of this week’s EFL Cup clash with Lincoln City, Pep Lijnders was asked whether Billy Koumetio could make his competitive debut for the club.

The youngster was thought to be injured last weekend and given that the EFL Cup is a traditional proving ground for young talents, many are expecting to see the Frenchman, Lijnders answered:

“He has a check now. Hopefully he can play with the team. We’ll see. He’s a proper talent who needs time.

“We want to give him that time. He is a tall centre half and has real strength in the air. Even in the air he can put the ball where he wants to put it.”

What RTK has to say

Liverpool fans have been as excited about this lad as our assistant coach is.

Pep Lijnders talking about Billy Koumetio gives us even more cause for excitement. The Dutchman is clearly enthusiastic about the teenager’s prospects in the game.

He was caught out against Blackpool but that was a mistake was don’t expect to see again, there were certainly more good points than bad from his pre-season.

Fingers crossed we’ll get to see even more of him this season, if he continues to develop at this rate he could be the ideal successor to Virgil van Dijk.

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