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Liverpool’s goal-getting young gun is rapidly firing his way into Klopp’s first-team

Injuries are doing their best to spoil Jurgen Klopp’s farewell tour at Liverpool, but thankfully he has an exceptional academy – and a few special talents – to lean on and propel the club forward after he leaves.

Talk of a quadruple left Liverpool red-faced a few years back, thus it’s understandable that expectations are more realistic this time around, but even with the injuries piling up, it’s hard not to get giddy as a supporter when fighting on all four fronts.

Truthfully, though, it doesn’t matter how the Reds do in any of the upcoming competitions. Falling at the final hurdle in the League Cup against Chelsea would hurt, but it’s the memories that you make which keep us hooked into supporting our beloved clubs above all else, not the final results.

Between the days out, excessive drinking and memories to last a lifetime, it’s a connection to the team which makes it all the more special to follow a club.

How do you establish an unbreakable bond between fans desperate to put their mental well-being on the line for a football club, and the club in question? Easy – throw a bunch of talented young ballers into the mix and let them strut their stuff.

Thankfully for Liverpool fans, they’re in safe hands with their young guns, even in that scary post-Klopp era that nobody wants to accept as reality just yet.

We’ve already seen Conor Bradley and Jarrell Quansah force their way into the first team this season, spearheading the beginning of a youthful squad overhaul. But there’s another young baller waiting in the wings – and he’s following the path his father never finished walking.

Lewis Koumas has been nothing short of electric for Liverpool’s youth sides this season. Son of Welsh international Jason Koumas – who was on the books at Liverpool alongside Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen, but failed to make the cut – there is little worry about Lewis’ future with the Reds.

Because he’s absolutely f*cking brilliant at football. Like, unfairly brilliant.

18-year-old Koumas floats somewhere between midfield and attack, but is able to excel in both roles having featured as a striker for Liverpool’s under-18s.

This season, though, he’s made the step up to under-21 football on a regular basis, found a more permanent position in the forward line and become an absolute nightmare for defenders in the process.

Already gliding around the field with low socks that’ll hook anyone in from the off, Koumas has a deadly range to his shooting and glides with the ball at his feet, no matter who’s in front of him.

Arsenal’s young guns learned that the hard way in the FA Youth Cup earlier this year.

What’s just as impressive as the outrageous goal haul, is the nonchalance to Koumas’ play. Unfazed by anything or anyone, there’s nothing that stops him once the ball is at his feet.

Perhaps even more impressively, he rarely makes the wrong decision, which is a testament to his footballing brain already being way ahead of his agemates.

Between those attributes and his recent run of form – scoring 10 goals from his last seven games – it feels as though a permanent call-up to Klopp’s senior side is inevitable before the end of the season. It certainly should be, anyway, because he’s a freak of nature.

Under-21 boss Barry Lewtas recently explained: “The runs in behind he makes, I wouldn’t want to play against him. He gives us a real outlet as well in terms of his runs, the way he competes and the way he dribbles.”

If that’s what he’s telling reporters, then the feedback Klopp must be getting will be even better.

With Liverpool’s biggest run-in of the season to come and the young guns doing the business so far, Koumas has to be the next piece of the puzzle.

By Mitch Wilks

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