Keyrol Figueroa could very well be the next gem to come through the illustrious Liverpool academy.
Called up for the Honduran U20 national team last year aged just fifteen, Figueroa has long been highlighted as one to watch. Interest in the striker then grew following his displays at the recent CONCACAF U17 Championship, for USA.
Seven goals in seven games there marked Keyrol down as a real prospect for the future. And having now returned to domestic action with Liverpool, he looks ready to really make a name for himself.
As per liverpoolfc.com, Figueroa scored a 13-minute hat-trick for the Reds U18s yesterday. Bagging all three goals before the half-hour mark, the 16-year-old put Wolves to the sword.
In a game that finished 3-0, Figueroa was the difference. Now with four goals and two assists in seven U18 Premier League games for Liverpool, he’s really making an impact. Keep it going, Keyrol!
Figueroa heading in the right direction
Any time a new starlet comes through the academy there is plenty of hype. Most of it unwarranted. In Figueroa’s case, that may well be true as well.
But the youngster has football in his blood. Many will remember his father, Maynor, who played in the Premier League with Wigan and Hull.
That’s no guarantee of a good career in football, of course. But it at least should give young Keyrol an understanding of what it takes to be a top-level player.
Early signs in that regard are very good indeed. It isn’t often that we see a young Liverpool player go and dominate a continental competition, for example.
Keyrol’s seven goals during February’s CONCACAF tournament saw him finish level as top scorer. Again, there’s no sure things in football and that certainly doesn’t make him one. But again, hugely promising.
Under the stewardship of the Liverpool academy coaches, you’d expect Figueroa to only get better. He clearly already has a real knack for finding the net. As we’ve already seen with Ben Doak’s meteoric rise this season, keep doing that and it’ll take you places. With the Reds in a mess at senior level, Jurgen Klopp could do worse than dipping into his academy. Watch this space.
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