14 Feb 2017

'Really Good': Boss hails Academy sensation who rejected Man Utd to sign for Liverpool

U18s goalkeeping coach Neil Edwards has hailed the progress of one of Liverpool's rising Academy stars.

In a recent interview, Edwards hailed the progress of Academy goalkeeper Kamil Grabara, and explained why the 'big big' Pole is destined for great things at Anfield:

"[Kamil] has really good attributes. He's good with the ball at his feet but what has impressed me is his decision-making. He picks up danger early and he makes the decision to either catch or punch away from the danger area. That is a good trademark to have."

Wowsers. A goalkeeper who can 'catch' or 'punch' the ball when it enters the 'danger area'. What a stunning achievement. It's almost as impressive as a striker who shoots at the goal, or a defender who heads the ball away when it drops out of the air! Liverpool's coaches are clearly teaching the club's young players some advanced, futuristic new methods of playing the game.

On the subject of premature praise: Last October, The Guardian posted its annual rundown of the '60 best young talents in world football', and Grabara was the only Liverpool youngster to make the list. Some info about Grabara:

* Polish youth international. Spent 12 years at Ruch Chorzow, and currently plays for the Reds' U23 team. First-choice for Poland's U19 side.

* Rejected Man City and Man Utd to sign for Liverpool.

* This Season: 13 goals Conceded 10 games (One every 69 mins). 5 clean sheets.

I've tried to resist the urge to outline the reality facing Grabara, but here it is: No academy goalkeeper (of any nationality) has ever become a first-team regular for Liverpool, and the weight of history is against Grabara breaking that trend. To be honest, I don't understand why any teenage goalkeeper would go to Liverpool.

Good luck, Kamil; you're going to need it.


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