There are a few teenagers at Liverpool who could make their debut in the 2021/22 season. We pick out the three most likely.
Position: Winger/Support striker
Joined Liverpool in 2020
There’s growing hype around Mateusz Musialowski. The Polish forward impressed greatly for the Under 18s last season and showed himself to be a special player.
As we wrote back in May, we think it’s time to get very excited by him. There aren’t many youngsters capable of doing what Musialowski can at his age.
His goal against Newcastle United last term showed that off:
Add in his four goals in six games on way to the Youth Cup final – including strikes in both the quarter-final and semi-final – and it seems Musialowski has what it takes to go far.
Jurgen Klopp got a good look at Musialowski back in March. The player joined first-team training over the international break and impressed.
So much so, in fact, that the Athletic claims he was the only one to stick around after the stars returned. That tells us Musialowski can’t be far off a debut.
Joined Liverpool in 2021
Kaide Gordon is still very, very young but he arrived at Liverpool having already made a senior debut. He played a couple of Championship minutes for Derby County back in December.
He’s enjoying a rapid rise and that’s continued with Liverpool. Impressive performances for the Under 18s earned him an Under 23s place – and he took his chance.
Given he already has that taste of senior football under his belt, it feels relatively likely that he’ll get some time with the Liverpool first-team soon. After all, that’s how the Reds handled Harvey Elliott who boasted similar experience.
Gordon can’t be too far off, then. He may well get a chance next season.
Nationality: Northern Ireland (1 cap)
Joined Liverpool in 2019
Conor Bradley isn’t one we saw making the grade anytime soon. He’s a right-back, after all, and Liverpool boast two young internationals in the role.
Well, now they have a third. Bradley made his debut for Northern Ireland on May 30th, making him their fifth-youngest ever player. He narrowly beat out George Best for that place by three days.
Bradley could well make the step up to Liverpool’s first team next season, too. The Athletic reports that Neco Williams wants out as he doesn’t see a way to get first-team football with Liverpool.
The club are apparently very high on Bradley, though, and won’t sign a replacement for the Welshman. That tells us there’s a very good chance Bradley gets a taste of senior football for the Reds next season. In fact, out of all three, he seems the most likely of the teenagers to play for Liverpool in 2021/22.
Maybe that comes in the League Cup, maybe towards the back end of the campaign once the league title is sewn up. Either way, Bradley appears destined for first-team action.