Liverpool academy starlet has best record since Michael Owen

Michael Owen

A seven-year-old in the Liverpool academy has reportedly scored 123 goals in just 18 league games - the best record since Michael Owen.

According to the Liverpool Echo, Ben Trueman has been in terrific form for Haydock FC Under-7s, while he has also been a member of Liverpool's academy since he was five years of age.

The youngster''s prolific goalscoring record is the strongest since Owen's at that level - and the seven-year-old is hopeful of becoming a professional footballer.

Owen spent five years at the Reds as a youth player before becoming a professional player for the club, while Trueman can be offered a pre-contract deal at the age of nine. Several Premier League clubs are likely to be interested.

Luke Burke, manager of Haydock FC Under-7s, said: “With Ben scoring almost 130 goals, you’d expect him to be greedy.

“But his overall play and his range of passing is absolutely incredible and just his attitude overall is amazing to see.”

What's more, the youngster is also Haydock's captain, meaning his clinical finishing is a Steven Gerrard-eque way of leading by example.

“He’s captain but he’s captain for a reason, it’s not just because he scores a lot of goals.

“If a player from either team is down injured, Ben will be the first one over to make sure he is alright and pick him up. The sportsmanship he shows at his age is incredible.”

Here's the twist, however, Trueman has also been to the academies of Everton, Manchester United and Manchester City.

As rare as it is, then, for a protracted transfer battle to occur for a player at such a young age, could this young talent be wanted by several clubs when he hits nine-years-old?

You never know - Trueman's signing could decide a Premier League title one day, remember the name.

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