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Billy Koumetio back in action against Port Vale in EFL Trophy defeat

Billy Koumetio was back in the Liverpool U23’s starting line-up last night following a 4-2 defeat to Port Vale in the EFL Trophy.

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Koumetio, 17, has recently recovered from an injury problem having been a regular feature amongst the senior squad this season having impressed Jurgen Klopp during the Reds’ pre-season tour of Austria earlier in the summer.

It was the teenager’s second start in five days for Barry Lewtas’ young Reds as Liverpool were defeated by the League Two outfit in their final EFL Trophy group game on Tuesday evening.

Klopp has previously spoken about the excitement surrounding the France U18’s international, labelling Koumetio as a ‘big talent’ after an interview with the club’s official website.

He has not been called upon by Liverpool in the first team yet this season, despite their injuries – with Koumetio himself battling his own fitness woes in recent weeks.

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Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have both been handed starting berths in recent weeks, but there are hopes that Koumetio can still have an influence for the first-team in the near future, if he fulfils his undeniable potential that has quickly caught the attention of both Klopp and the supporters.

Paul Glatzel was back amongst the starting XI for the first time in over a year and featured for 60 minutes, while Joe Hardy also returned from injury.

Liam Millar bagged himself a brace with two brilliant goals as Liverpool gave a good account of themselves, but were ultimately punished for some defensive lapses against a more experienced opponents.

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