By Danny Wright
George Johnston put pen to paper to sign his first professional contract with Liverpool on Saturday.
The 18-year-old defender has played a crucial role in the Merseyside club’s Under-18 side this season, scoring three goals in 11 appearances.
The Reds announced the news in a statement on their official website which said: “George Johnston has today signed his first professional contract with Liverpool Football Club.”
Johnston has also played for Liverpool’s Under-23 side this term when he came off the bench in the 2-1 Premier League 2 loss to Derby in February.
The teenager is currently a youth international for Scotland, despite being born in Manchester.
He is usually a left-sided centre-back, but this season Johnston has also been deployed on the right-hand side of a back four in Neil Critchley’s youth side.
The defender has been at the Merseyside club since the age of nine and his latest terms will ensure that his future at Anfield is set in stone.
Liverpool’s academy is currently producing some of the most exciting talent in British football.
Trent Alexander-Armstrong, Ben Woodburn and Rhian Brewster are some of the more recognisable names that are rising through the ranks of the five-times Champions League winning club.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s great that Liverpool are beginning to bring through some top English talent in their academy and one position that the first-team needs strengthening is at the centre of defence. Jurgen Klopp is also the right manager for these youngsters, as the German boss is known for his willingness to rely on youth. Woodburn and Alexander-Armstrong’s involvement in the senior squad will provide a huge boost to players like Johnston, who could become one of Scotland’s starring defenders in the future. At 18-years-of-age, there’s still a lot of time for Johnston to reach his potential, but if he can keep appearing in the Under-23 side he should soon make the step-up to the senior squad.
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