Liverpool saw two wonderkids seemingly emerge in their 5-0 win over RB Leipzig last night. The Reds are in great shape.
Liverpool had the ‘perfect night’ on Thursday as they hammered RB Leipzig in a pre-season friendly. Of course, Darwin Nunez scoring not only his first goal in Red but his second, third and fourth takes the headlines.
One other reason to celebrate, though, was Liverpool finishing the game with three teenagers on the pitch. One of those is well known to the club, of course, in Harvey Elliott. He’s a special talent and one of the most exciting young players we’ve seen at Anfield.
The other two, though, came away from the game looking like true wonderkids, too.
Liverpool see two wonderkids emerge
Fabio Carvalho really caught the eye against Leipzig as he played from the left-hand side. His running, trickery and creativity all shone – certainly, Phil Thompson thought so.
It’s best seen with Carvalho’s work for the fifth goal. He drives at the defenders, pushes them back and then plays a perfectly weighted pass for Nunez to score. It is exactly what you want from a wide playmaker and he’s doing it at 19.
And that’s the thing here. We all know that Carvalho is a talent – Liverpool wouldn’t have signed him otherwise. But few saw him looking this good in pre-season and we can only imagine how good he’s going to look in a few months’ time.
Carvalho may be an even bigger talent than we thought and a true wonderkid.
Stefan Bajcetic is another who caught the eye. It looked as though Liverpool might take a proper look at him this week and sure enough, Klopp threw him in as a holding midfielder. The 17-year-old played the role to perfection.
Once again, you can see it best for a goal. Bajcetic helped create the third by choosing the perfect moment to push forward and press from his deeper role. He won the ball back on the edge of Leipzig’s box before Elliott found Nunez to finish.
Like Carvalho, it’s what you want to see from a player in that role and he’s doing despite being wildly inexperienced. Just how good can the Serbian be if he’s catching on this quickly? Again, we can’t wait to see what the season holds for Bajcetic because Liverpool might have another special one here.