The Guardian have highlighted James Balagizi as the brightest young talent at Liverpool right now. The Reds signed the teenager from Manchester City.

The Guardian released their yearly ‘Next Generation’ piece on Wednesday. They pick out a shining talent from every Premier League club and for Liverpool, that’s James Balagizi.

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They describe the 17-year-old as ‘A tall, powerful and clever player with quick feet and an eye for goal’ before going on to his already interesting history.

Balagizi left Manchester City for Liverpool six years ago, despite being one of City’s top prospects at the time. So why did he do it?

“I thought that the pathway at City was completely blocked compared to other places because they have so much talent in one group, and it is not concentrated on individuals,” he said in a recent interview.

“My parents didn’t think that being at City was the best for me at the time.”


He then went on to praise Liverpool as the place to be.

“The club is so together and everyone is part of one big project,” he said. “It’s a good community and it’s a good working environment. It’s a place where people can thrive.”

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It’s worth pointing out the 2015 edition of the Guardian’s Next Generation series. Then, they picked out Trent Alexander-Arnold as the club’s one-to-watch.

In 2017, too, they got it spot on by picking Curtis Jones.

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If Balagizi can even reach Jones’ level then Liverpool have a hell of a player to develop. And, obviously, if he even approaches Alexander-Arnold’s, then Liverpool have one of the world’s best – but we won’t put that kind of expectation on him.

There’s reason to be excited, then. Balagizi is, hopefully, a name we’ll hear a lot more of over the next few years.

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