Owen Beck looks set to be the latest young player with a bright Liverpool future. The teenager adds to an impressive young XI.
Owen Beck trained with the Liverpool senior side this week. That’s usually a very good sign that we’ll see him before long.
Now, we’re not expecting him to oust Andy Robertson any time soon. But perhaps Beck can feature in the FA Cup next month, depending on player fitness.
But the coaching staff are excited when it comes to Beck. Under 23s assistant Gary O’Neil recently descried Beck as ‘an amazing one’ in an interview with TalkSport.
So feel free to buy into the hype – Liverpool are setting him up for a future at Anfield.
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Beck also fills a spot in a very exciting young XI brewing at Liverpool. They have an exciting young player in nearly every position now.
There’s Caoimhin Kelleher in goal, of course. The Irishman made Champions League and Premier League debuts this year.
Defence is littered with good options, too. There’s obviously Neco Williams at right-back but Trent Alexander-Arnold is still only 22. We can technically include him here.
Rhys Williams and Billy Koumetio offering huge potential at centre-half. Sepp van den Berg is there as another option, too, while Beck fills the left-back slot.
We like the look of midfield. Leighton Clarkson made his Champions League debut this month and surely has a future.
Jake Cain has made the bench for a few games and appears to be next in line for a game or two.
And then the most obvious option of the lot completes the three – Curtis Jones. He’s not just a ‘next generation XI’ but pretty much first XI at this stage. The Scouser is still just 19.
At right-wing Harvey Elliott appears to have an incredibly bright future ahead of him. He’s shining for Blackburn Rovers in the Championship right now.
Left-wing is tricky as there doesn’t appear to be a clear standout on the brink of first-team action.
Fortunately, the strikers make up for that. Paul Glatzel is a very promising striker when he’s fit – staying injury free is the only real question.
Then Layton Stewart, slightly young than Glatzel, is an exciting young striker, too.
So there’s a potential XI there, all from prospects on the brink of the first-team. Will they all make it? Of course not.
But in developing together at Liverpool, they all increase their chances. The Reds, too, could end up with a team full of home-grown stars who learned the game together.
Football history tells us that’s a very powerful thing, with most of the all-time great teams being built that way. The next few years will tell us if Liverpool can pull it off.