Mateusz Musialowski is thriving right now and it’s time for Liverpool fans to get excited. The teenager looks like an incredible prospect.
Mateusz Musialowski only joined Liverpool at the start of this season but he already feels like one of their biggest talents. He’s certainly playing that way.
The Pole has played 10 Under 18 Premier League games since the start of February, for instance. In that time, he’s bagged six goals and picked up two assists.
But that’s not telling the whole story. Musialowski has done it from various positions and that suggests he’s got an easy path into the first team.
It’s a skill that really benefits youngsters but that few of them have. But this particular teenager can play from the left, the right, as a no.10 or up top.
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That just suggests he’s a wonderful player, rather than a specialised player who thrives in one area. And that almost guarantees first-team chances.
But something else points to Musialowski being a gifted player – the types of goals he scores.
You may have seen Musialowski’s goal against Newcastle United U18s back in March. It was phenomenal as he dribbled from the halfway line past several players to slot home.
He said he was trying to replicate Lionel Messi and yeah – he wasn’t far off. It was tremendous.
But the 17-year-old has a knack for this, it seems. For instance, when mentioning his goal record, we didn’t include the strike against Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup on Friday.
Liverpool won that game 3-1 to progress to the semi-finals and Musialowski got the third. It was once again a wonderful solo effort.
Credit to James Balagizi for his run to start the move, of course, but what came after pointed to a truly special player.
Musialowski weaved left, right, then left again to keep two defenders guessing before slotting home. He made it look easy.
He was so in control of the ball that no Arsenal player took a chance at taking it off him. They just backed off towards their own goal, seemingly unaware that Musialowski wanted them to.
Once again, it’s a level of confidence and control that you rarely see in a young player. Certainly not a 17-year-old.
Though, this is where we remind everyone to temper their expectations – he is still a kid and playing Under 18 level.
Still, it’s worth noting that the Athletic reports how Musialowski trained with the first team over the international break. Now, he wasn’t the only one to do that – most of the youngsters did.
But Musialowski was the sole player Jurgen Klopp kept around. The boss appears to see something special and honestly, it’s plain to see at this point.