Liverpool may not be set for a senior trophy this season but the academy could be in line for one. The Reds’ U18s are through to the quarter finals of the FA Youth Cup with one player standing out above the rest. Some Liverpool fans have been raving over James Balagizi after his hat-trick against Leicester City.
Liverpool beat Leicester City
The FA Youth Cup has seen some of the stars of tomorrow over the years.
This season’s edition is likely to be no different with some Reds’ youngsters putting in top class performances.
Liverpool U18s journeyed to Leicester City’s new Seagrave training facility this week and they blew their hosts away.
James Balagizi opened the scoring early on with a clinical finish into the bottom corner after a driving run.
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Max Woltman doubled the Reds’ lead in the 68th minute, converting after sharp work from Mateusz Musialowski.
The striker doubled his tally shortly afterwards thanks to a ball from Jarell Quansah.
The hosts netted from the spot to salvage some pride before Balagizi netted twice late on to seal his hat-trick.
James Balagizi hype
There is understandably plenty of hype surrounding the hat-trick hero.
He has been a leading light for the U18s this season, at just 17-years-old he’s one of the most promising members of the academy set up.
Having signed his first professional deal at the start of the season, the teenager is set to blossom at Liverpool in the coming years.
We can’t wait to see his career unfold, he’s set for the very top.
Liverpool fans on Balagizi hat-trick
Kopites are buzzing about their youth prospect, some want to see him promoted sooner rather than later.