Liverpool’s fantastic youngster Ben Woodburn was born in 1999, but doesn’t make this Guardian list of the world’s 60 most exciting players born in that year.
Our Polish stopper Kamil Grabara however, does.
“Grabara has stood out since he started out at Wawel Wirek, not only because of his goalkeeping but also for his free-kicks, which were taken José Luis Chilavert-style. He also sometimes laid down on the pitch when he had nothing to do. Joined his boyhood club Ruch Chorzow before several Premier League clubs came knocking. In the end – and after a visit to Melwood to see Jürgen Klopp and others – he ignored advances from Manchester City and Manchester United and signed for Liverpool. More than 2m tall – and still growing – he has impressed at Liverpool and is first choice for Poland’s Under-19 side.”
Other players we’ve heard of include Chelsea’s Dujong Sterling, Arsenal’s Vlad Dragomir and Swedish forward Alexsandr Isak, who was linked with a move to Liverpool last week (via Metro).
Grabara has a long way before he’s considered for first-team duties at Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp currently having to decide between Simon Mignolet and Loris Karuis for the starting spot… The younger German has the spot at the moment but has hardly shone in the three appearances he’s been given, while his team-mate started the season relatively promisingly.
Next in line is Danny Ward at Huddersfield, who currently top the Championship – partly thanks to our young Welshman’s performances between the sticks.