Liverpool starlet and former Barcelona youngster Bobby Adekanye scored his first goal for the club on the weekend in a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers Under-18s.
The 16-year-old produced a composed finish as his effort squeezed past the post and into the back of the net to break the deadlock.
A Yan Dhanda free-kick helped secure the victory for the Reds, but it was undoubtedly a moment to remember for Adekanye who will hope to establish himself at Anfield after failing to settle at Barcelona.
Having joined the Barcelona academy at 12, albeit in contentious circumstances after his departure from Ajax, as reported by The Mirror, he opted for a switch to England in order to continue his development.
With Brendan Rodgers no longer at the club, it will be down to Adekanye to impress Jurgen Klopp who has already shown this season that he is willing to give the younger players at the club an opportunity to shine.
The likes of Jordon Ibe, Connor Randall and Cameron Brannagan have received playing time this year, and Adekanye will hope that his performances for the Under-18s side will earn him a chance with the senior squad in the not too distant future.
Since his arrival last month to replace Rodgers, Klopp has taken his time to implement his philosophy and style of play on the team, but he has also attracted praise from Liverpool’s Academy chief Alex Inglethorpe for his “bravery” in handing the younger players opportunities, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
It remains to be seen how many of the youngsters are able to keep their place in the squad moving forward having mainly featured in the Capital One Cup. However, it is certainly a boost for their confidence to know that they will be rewarded if they impress consistently.