Liverpool set to promote ‘aggressive’ teen who is son of Premier League enigma
Injury problems are starting to stack up at Anfield, prompting Liverpool to promote some of their top young prospects to the first team.
Liverpool look set to promote academy product Lewis Koumas after he was spotted in first-team training this week. Jurgen Klopp has revealed that there is a ‘flu’ going round his squad, prompting him to lean on those coming through the Reds’ ranks.
The Anfield outfit have made a sensational start to the season to assert themselves as title contenders, though injuries are threatening to wreak havoc and derail their campaign. Mohamed Salah and Dominik Szoboszlai are the latest stars to join the Reds’ growing list of absentees.
A case of the flu is also not aiding matters, prompting Klopp to turn to those coming through the Liverpool academy to bolster his numbers both on matchdays and in training. Koumas is the latest star to step up, with the teen being spotted in training.
The 18-year-old has scored 10 and assisted three in 14 appearances at Under-18 and Under-21 level, leading many to believe that he is capable of breaking into the Reds’ team in the coming campaigns.
Kousmas is the son of former Wales international Jason Kousmas, who endured a rollercoaster of a professional career. The ex-playmaker came through the Liverpool academy before spending time with Tranmere Rovers, West Brom and Wigan.
The 44-year-old was widely regarded as a top prospect who had the talent to compete at the very highest level, though he never truly fulfilled his potential and eventually bowed out with 20 Wales international appearances to his name.
Ex-midfielder Koumas is widely viewed as an enigma given how he was such a naturally gifted player but never truly kicked on and gradually drifted out of the limelight – with the former Cardiff City loanee opting to lie low after his retirement by avoiding interviews, punditry roles and any form of sponsorship deals, with many struggling to even track him down nowadays.
His son Lewis will be hoping that he does not suffer the same fate as his father, who was released by Liverpool without the chance to make his debut for the club, though that appears unlikely given the high praise that he received from Liverpool youth manager Barry Lewtas last year. He said: “Lewis has been brilliant for us, he really has. He’s a real energetic frontline player, loves to run in behind, he is aggressive in how he approaches the game and has really good technique. He is a really good footballer. He has fitted in great with the lads, he has a fantastic character and he just gets on with it, he really does.
“The other day when we were talking about Lewis, you forget he is still an U18 player. He has really matured the way he plays. Against Barrow, playing against a senior backline, I thought he was great for us and for them, he was an absolute nuisance, the way he played and approached the game. I’m really pleased for Lewis. He has shown good versatility playing across the frontline this season and he is a player who has made massive progress this year.”