With the rapid rise of Trent Alexander-Arnold in the Liverpool first-team, the right-back showed that there was still a plethora of talent coming through at the club, but that doesn’t guarantee opportunities for everyone.
As has been the story for the past few years following Jadon Sancho’s move from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund, more academy players from Premier League sides are making the move abroad to seek first-team football after years of neglect from the senior squad, and Rafael Camacho could be the next youngster to take this odyssey.
According to the Evening Standard as well as Kicker, the Portuguese youth international has attracted interest from both Sporting Lisbon and Schalke respectively, and after a season where Camacho only made two first-team appearances, the versatile youngster is within his right to seek a permanent move away from Anfield this summer.
Camacho has shown this year that he has outgrown youth-level football as the winger hit 12 goals and eight assists in 22 Liverpool U-23 games, yet despite this impressive record when it came time to play for the first-team, he was played as a right-back, something the natural winger called Jurgen Klopp out on.
In April following a 6-1 win over Leicester City in which the youngster scored a hat-trick, Camacho wrote on Instagram: “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.”
The post was an indication that Camacho is not only ready to play first-team football given his goal contribution stats in the youth leagues, but that he wanted to play in his natural position, and with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane taking the two wing spots in the Liverpool first-team, a route in the Liverpool XI seems nigh-on-impossible give how prolific the duo are, which is why the teenager must depart Anfield this summer for good.
Indeed, we have seen youngsters from Premier League sides take the leap of faith and depart their elite clubs for a chance of playing week-in-week-out, and Camacho has the quality and record to potentially become the next player to make one of England’s biggest teams regret moving them on.
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