Leighton Clarkson has got Liverpool fans all hot and bothered during his loan spell at Aberdeen and his latest stunning strike came yesterday during their dramatic defeat to Rangers at Pittodrie.
Clarkson is highly regarded by the coaching staff at Liverpool and is shining in Scotland this season following a difficult time at Blackburn in 2021-22.
And he has since revealed that Blackburn wanted him to stay put in Lancashire for the remainder of last term – but he was desperate to get away following his failure to become a key first-teamer there.
“They wanted me to stay but I couldn’t go through a year of not playing which is why I went back to the under-23s to get to grips with playing football again and get my fitness back,” the youngster said in an interview earlier this year.
“I could have stayed and sat on the bench for a year but I didn’t want to. I wanted to play men’s football and managed to get a good loan here [at Aberdeen]. So far I’m really liking it.”
And the 21-year-old has settled into a regular role with the Scottish club, operating in a variety of positions across the midfield and really catching the eye with his performances.
Arguably his best moment yet came during a fiercely contested match against Rangers, who are now managed by former Liverpool youth coach Michael Beale.
Clarkson touched down James Sands’ weak clearance and hammered in a half-volley that gave Allan McGregor no chance in the Rangers’ goal.
“It’s a heck of a strike from a boy that I know quite well,” Beale smiled in his post-match press conference.
And Ruaraidh Britton, a journalist writing for AberdeenLive, awarded Clarkson an eight-out-of-10 rating, adding: “He only scores stunners, and Tuesday night was no different.
“Clarkson was superb in the midfield and also worked to good effect when tracking back.”
It seems like Liverpool have got quite the talent on their hands.
WHAT A STRIKE from Leighton Clarkson to put Aberdeen 2-1 up 😲🤩 pic.twitter.com/pxMONGis5R
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) December 20, 2022