Sky Sports confirmed earlier today that Liverpool had sealed a deal for 16-year-old sensation Bobby Adekanye, formerly of Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven. The winger will join a talented academy squad that already includes the likes of Harry Wilson, Sheyi Ojo and Jerome Sinclair.
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In response, the Liverpool Echo have taken a look back at some of the more memorable – for both the right reasons and the wrong – who preceded him at Anfield and also earned the tag, ‘wonderkid’. We do the same below.
Wayne Harrison (Never played)
Cost Liverpool £250,000 in 1985, making him the world’s most expensive teenager. Joe Fagan even described him as a ‘special player’, after he made the move from Oldham. Unfortunately, injuries plagued his short-lived career and he retired in 1991 at the age of just 23. He sadly died from cancer on Christmas Day in 2013.
Michael Owen (Liverpool debut – 1997)
Scored 118 Premier League goals for the Reds before joining Real Madrid in 2004. Injuries took the toll on much of his later career which he finished with spells at Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke City. He’s now working as a pundit and commentator for BT Sport and has had some success with racing horses.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool debut – 1998)
The iconic former Liverpool captain made in excess of 700 appearances for Liverpool, winning every major trophy other than Premier League, including – most famously – the Champions League in 2005. He left us at the end of last season following the expiration of his contract and moved to the MLS, where he joins LA Galaxy.