Liverpool have been steadily recruiting some of the brightest youngsters in the game in order to build the team of tomorrow. Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott arrived last season, Melkamu Frauendorf landed on Merseyside this summer. One of the club’s brightest academy buys stepped into the limelight over the summer. According to James Pearce, Billy Koumetio impressed Jürgen Klopp with more than just his ability.
Billy Koumetio at Liverpool
Signed from Orleans FC in 2018, 17-year-old Billy Koumetio plays at centre back for the Liverpool academy.
The teenager had previously been with French giants Olympique Lyonnais before joining the Reds via Orleans.
Since his arrival on Merseyside he has been a part of the U18s side but over the summer he impressed during the first team’s pre-season training camp in Austria.
Pep Lijnders has drooled over the youngster, referring to him as a ‘proper talent‘.
Koumetio impressed Klopp
James Pearce has said that Billy Koumetio impressed Jürgen Klopp with more than just his ability. In fact the teenager’s attitude was also a key reason that the coaching staff were so pleased with him this summer. Speaking on the Next Big Thing Podcast, Pearce said:
“The thing with Billy Koumetio is it wasn’t just the quality of his performances in training that caught the eye of the manager, it was also how good he was at taking on instructions and working on things the staff asked him to focus on.
“It was also his attitude and general application which I know that a lot of the senior players picked up on as well. I think It’s a balancing act for young kids trying to make their mark in that senior environment because you don’t want to be a shrinking violet but you don’t want to be arrogant…
“[The senior squad] all said that Billy as a character was great to have around, very humble and down to earth, really wanted to learn.”
What RTK has to say
Attitude is half of the battle when making it as a youngster, talent will only take you so far.
This makes it all the more encouraging to hear that Billy Koumetio has his head screwed on.
At just 17-years-old it will probably be a while before we see the Frenchman holding down a regular first team place but when he does he could hold it down for a decade.
Having said that, Jürgen Klopp has ensured that Liverpool is a meritocracy – if he continues performing and developing then he may earn his shot sooner than expected.