Luis Suarez’s ban means 19-year-old Adam Morgan could be rubbing his hands together at the prospect of a first team squad place.
Suarez’s suspension means there is going to be a huge strain placed across the attack at Liverpool, as they prepare for the new season, and the rest of the current one, seeking new attacking options.
Liverpool don’t really have the resources needed to go out and buy a multi-million pound bit of cover for Suarez, which means they are going to be forced to look internally at various options.
Adam Morgan is one such option and he’s been tipped for a first team chance this season, long before Suarez picked up the second mega suspension of his Liverpool career.
He won’t be happy or directly glad that Suarez isn’t available, but it’s presented him with an opportunity which he would not have otherwise had, based on the idea that Brendan Rodgers will give him a chance to impress.
Morgan has had a very interesting season, which has seen him create a prolific reputation for himself in Liverpool’s Development Squad and also taste first team action in the Europa League as well as League Two.
It’s his brief loan spell with Rotherham in League Two, which will set him up well for the physicality of the Premier League, because that is a very rough and difficult division with defenders who are less than conventional.
His Under-21 form has been superb and he’s definitely shown that he’s got some sort of spark, which he’ll be hoping to translate across into senior football; He’s scored ten goals in 19 appearances for the Under-21 side this season.
He should be very encouraged by the fact that Brendan Rodgers showed faith in the youth ranks at the club, at the start of this season when Liverpool found themselves in a difficult position having, ironically, Suarez as the only key striker available.
That should tell Morgan that as long as he stays true to Liverpool, he’ll be treated fairly and will have a chance to impress which he needs to take full advantage of to lay down a marker to the competitors for his position.
So what can he add to Liverpool’s attack? Well he’s quick which is important for any forward, as that has the ability to put the defence on the back foot from the very first attack Liverpool put together.
He’s also shown with the Under-21 side that he’s got some good finishing ability about him, which is important because at Premier League level strikers only have a split second to score a goal.
He’s also young and experiencing a lot of things for the first time; senior football and challenges at international level. That should provide him with enough inspiration to bridge any quality gap in his play.
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