Liverpool fans identify club’s next Philippe Coutinho in club’s youth ranks

Mateusz Musialowski is continuing to enhance his reputation as one of the most exciting players in Liverpool ’s academy.

Signed at the start of the season, the Polish youth international has adapted to life on Merseyside with ease.

In total, he has 11 goals in all competitions and netted the third as the Reds’ Under-18 side beat Arsenal 3-1 in the FA Youth Cup.

Musialowski picked up the ball on left flank before turning the Gunners’ defender inside out and firing into the bottom corner.

The forward has already earned one goal of the month award this year and could be in contention again.

Jurgen Klopp was watching on in the quarter final and will have been suitably impressed by a player that many fans are comparing to Philippe Coutinho.

It’s not the first time that Klopp has been given a first-hand glimpse of his obvious talent. During the latest international break Musialowski was one of 12 youngsters hand-picked by Academy director Alex Ingelthorpe to train with the senior squad.

"It's a great opportunity and a great lesson," he said about that experience. "I played against some of the best players in the world, so it was an amazing experience.

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"This is definitely the place I want to be and I will do everything to stay in this place."

A forward that can play right along the front line, including as a No.10, Musialowski’s ability on the ball left supporters across social media excited.

Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey recently discussed how much his old side are missing a player in the ilk of Coutinho, who has struggled since signing for Barcelona in 2018.

“I think they’ve missed that (sort of player) since Coutinho,” Heskey told HITC. “Someone who can get in those pockets, travel with the ball and start committing defenders to come out of those spaces which they can exploit.

“We don’t really have that at this moment in time. I thought Curtis Jones could be one of those but when you’re in and out of the team, like he is, it’s difficult – especially when you’re a young lad as well!

“If you just sit in your zones, then it’s difficult to actually break teams down. If you can have someone with a bit of creativity, who starts pulling players all over the place, that’s what you need.”

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