How’s this for self-belief?
Liverpool goalkeeper Kamil Grabara doesn’t believe there is a significant gap between himself and teammate Alisson.
The highly-rated shot-stopper has been tipped to break into the senior setup in the near future as backup to the Reds’ £67million summer signing.
Grabara joined the club from Ruch Chorzow for a fee in the region of £250,000 in 2016, before earning a swift promotion from the U18s to the U23s. His impressive development was later rewarded in December 2017 when he penned a new five-year contract extension.
He continued his progress in the summer by making his senior debut in Liverpool’s 4-1 pre-season victory over Manchester United in Michigan.
Never one to be shy of confidence, Grabara has now suggested he isn’t too far away from Liverpool’s no.1 in terms of ability.
Grabara told Katowicki Sportem: “If I say what I want to say, they will point out to me that I mistook the floor with the ceiling, but I will say: I really do not see any great difference.
“This level is often determined by details, and experience is one of the most important.”
Discussing Grabara back in December, U23s goalkeeping coach Mark Morris told Liverpoolfc.com: “He has taken to the English game like a duck to water. He is very strong in the air, he is mentally strong, his distribution has really come on and he is brave and quick in his thinking.”
“Kamil is a confident young boy with a big presence. He deals with crosses probably better than most goalkeepers. He seems really cut out for the English game.”
Liverpool will continue to polish Grabara’s first-team potential as they prepare for life without Simon Mignolet, who is likely to leave the club next summer.
The 19-year-old does, however, face stiff competition from Caoimhin Kelleher, who was described as an ‘outstanding talent’ by Jurgen Klopp during the summer.