Mateusz Musialowski will surely make the first-team before long. Liverpool’s 17-year-old Pole is currently thriving.
What a time Mateusz Musialowski is having. He scored an absolute worldie earlier in the month – a goal he says Lionel Messi inspired.
That helped Jurgen Klopp ‘hand pick’ the teenager for first-team training while player were away on international duty, per the Echo. He impressed, too, as the Athletic says he was the only one kept around.
All the other kids were sent back to their respective age groups. Musialowski? He’s sticking around a little longer.
It suggests Liverpool see two things in him. One, first-team potential and two, that he’s already capable of hanging with the best.
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Given Liverpool’s current development rate, we’ll expect to see Musialowski in the first-team before long. Even if it’s just a bench role.
But it’s more than just Liverpool’s penchant for giving their academy products opportunities that makes us say that. Musialowski shows a skill that virtually guarantees him a shot.
Musialowski has played four different positions for the Under 18s this season. He’s been left-wing, right-wing, centre-forward and, most recently, attacking-midfield.
That kind of versatility is a must for young players. Those who play just one role have to wait for their chance and that may never come along.
Take Rhian Brewster, for instance. He plays as a striker but Liverpool weren’t sure he was the right type. Not to mention that he can only play in games where the team needs a striker.
Curtis Jones, though, got his breakthrough playing at right-back in a pre-season tournament. He’s show ability at attacking-midfield, centre-midfield and left-wing – getting opportunities at all.
Trent Alexander-Arnold played midfield for the youth teams but Klopp fancied him at right-back. Now he’s a superstar.
Musialowski’s ability to play all over the forward line is a great one. It means he’ll get his shot if he’s good enough – Liverpool can easily find a place for him.
The teenager is impressing everyone at the moment and it really feels like we’ll see him at Anfield soon.