Liverpool academy product promoted to first-team training ahead of West Brom clash
By Matt Bullin
Teenager Luis Longstaff has been training with Liverpool’s first-team squad at Melwood ahead of their clash with West Brom this weekend.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Longstaff, 16, was training alongside fellow youngsters Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn with the first team.
It’s a remarkable achievement for the youngster, who’s only just turned 16 and was training with the Under-15 side at the start of the season.
The central midfielder joined Liverpool from Newcastle aged 13, and has featured regularly for the Under-18s this term.
He has also been a regular for England Under-16s and has made three appearances this season.
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Longstaff himself confirmed the good news on his official Twitter page.
First team training today⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Bo5qOdbYGL
— Luis Longstaff (@LuisLong07) April 11, 2017
The rest of Liverpool’s squad trained as normal, with Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, Gini Wijnaldum, Philippe Coutinho and James Milner all in full training.
However Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana continue to miss training with their respective injuries, along with Sadio Mane who will miss the rest of the season after surgery.
With Liverpool’s midfield options looking thin ahead of a crucial period, Klopp may have handed Longstaff this promotion to assess if he is ready for first-team action.
In other Liverpool news, this Liverpool youngster is a goal machine and deserves his first team shot.