Liverpool have an array of talented players looking to make the grade in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team, notably Billy Koumetio. The 18-year-old was one of the standout players during the pre-season tour in Austria and continues to impress senior figures such as James Milner.
Koumetio has played a prominent role under Barry Lewtas for Liverpool’s U23s this season – clocking up eight starts in Premier League 2. At 6ft 3in, he is certainly difficult to ignore. It wasn’t too long into Liverpool’s pre-season training programme, where the young Frenchman made his presence felt.
“Billy the Kid – he doesn’t look like a kid!” Klopp said back in August 2020. “His face looks like a kid but then all the rest is ‘wow!’”
The two-time France youth international earned his senior debut at the backend of last year, playing 45 minutes against FC Midtjylland in the Champions League – a match which Liverpool drew 1-1.
Koumetio is still yet to add to his inaugural Liverpool appearance with competition for places in defence intensified by the winter arrivals of centre-back duo, Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies.
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Still, with the international break firmly underway, Koumetio has been held back at Liverpool’s AXA Training Centre in Kirkby. The teenager, alongside many of his Reds teammates, have been putting in the hard yards as Klopp looks to build towards the business end of the season.
Koumetio posted a series of pictures from Monday’s session on Instagram.
Questions will undoubtedly be asked in regards to Koumetio’s future this summer, especially with Ibrahima Konaté reportedly closing in on a move to Anfield.
Similarly to Sepp van den Berg, who has been earning rave reviews during his loan period with Preston North End, a brief sabbatical away from Merseyside could be beneficial to kick-start Koumetio’s professional career.
Koumetio posted a number of photos alongside Rhys Williams and Liverpool vice-captain, Milner. Both players responded, with Milner jokingly eluding to the defender’s towering frame and physical strength.