Liverpool supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much looking forward to the 2018/19 Premier League season, what with their side seeking to build upon an impressive campaign last time round.
Jurgen Klopp’s men deserve huge credit for securing a second successive top four finish in the English top-flight after ending up fourth for the second straight year, thus again bringing Champions League football back to Anfield. And they certainly made the most of their European campaign last term in reaching the final in Kiev back in May, although they were unable to add a sixth crown after going down 3-1 to Real Madrid in the showpiece.
As such, there are many excited Liverpudlians up and down the country ahead of the new season, several of whom are wondering whether there will be another break-out star at the club this season following the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold last time round.
The 19-year-old was a relative unknown 12 months ago although had appeared 12 times in the 2016/17 campaign, yet it was last season in which the right back really made a name for himself by excelling in Klopp’s first team to appear 33 times in all competitions, including in the Champions League final a few months ago.
And his meteoric rise saw him earn a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for this summer’s World Cup, thus underling how quickly things can happen for those talented young players just waiting for a chance in the first team.
And Alexander-Arnold’s emergence must be of keen interest to fellow full back Adam Lewis, who at 18 years of age has shone for the club’s Under-18 side in the last few years.
The Englishman has been at the Reds academy since the age of six and has progressed up through the ranks at the Merseyside giants, appearing 42 times for the Under-18s in the last two seasons, 15 of which came last time round under Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard.
And it was during their march to third place in the North division of the Under-18 Premier League in which Lewis really made a name for himself, as his tally of nine assists over the course of the campaign was most of anyone in the division.
Unsurprisingly, his fine efforts at Under-18 level earned him eight appearances for the club’s development squad at the rear end of last season to underline his incredible talent and potential, talent former Under-18s chief and now Rangers boss Gerrard labelled ‘the best he’s seen at his age’.
And with Alexander-Arnold’s rise potentially paving the way for others to make the step up, 18-year-old Lewis could be the man to follow in the England international’s footsteps in the near future.
Liverpool fans… what do you think? Let us know!