In the modern era of football, it’s as hard as it has ever been for youth players to be given a chance.
Unless you’re as talented as Lionel Messi, have potential as great as Kylian Mbappe, or a momentous injury crisis occurs, youth players are often cast away to only playing reserve team football and the occasional cup game, and youngsters these days are starting to speak out about it.
Jadon Sancho’s move to Borussia Dortmund last summer kick-started an English invasion of youngsters moving to teams on the continent for first-team football, and now Liverpool youngster Rafael Camacho could be the next to leave the prestige of a club as big as the Reds for game time elsewhere.
He’s produced an impressive 12 goals and eight assists in all competitions this season.
The Portuguese winger has only made one first-team start all season in Liverpool’s FA Cup loss to Wolves where he started out of position at right-back, and his recent hat-trick against Leicester City in the Premier League 2 has resulted in Camacho speaking out about his lack of first-team chances.
Taking to Instagram, the 18-year-old winger said: “I do not know whose idea it is, but I will prove that they are mistaken about my football. I’m not a right defender, I’m an attacker who scores goals. This is my DNA.”
With Liverpool on the brink of a potential title win, it is unlikely Camacho will be given any more first-team opportunities this season and according to reports in Portugal the winger is being targeted by Wolves as a summer signing, and if the youngster is to leave, Jurgen Klopp should take responsibility for the club losing one of their biggest prospects.
It’s understandable why Camacho hasn’t been given the minutes he was expecting this season with arguably the best right-winger in world football occupying his preferred position in the first-team, but ignoring youth is something big teams can’t be doing on an annual basis.
Aside from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool’s youth record has been abysmal, just like most teams in the top six, and Klopp is going to learn the hard way that if you neglect talented youth, others will benefit and profit from it.
Liverpool fans, should Camacho leave this summer? Let us know!