Liverpool may have lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona, but the progress shown by Sergi Canos in the last two months may mean the Reds have the last laugh.
The 17-year-old, who is described by Liverpoolfc.com as: "An attacking player, who can play either on the right flank or through the middle as a No.9," has been touted to have a bright future with the Reds since signing from Barcelona’s La Masia academy in 2013. However, the youngster’s recent eye-catching performances, all but confirm it.
In November, the promising talent put in arguably his best performance in a Liverpool shirt as he put a young Derby County side to the sword, scoring a hat-trick in a stunning 5-5 draw.
Since then, although not as free-scoring as he was in that game, he has not taken his foot off the pedal for a single match and has often come away with praise for his performances.
In the game against Middlesbrough’s academy on 20th December, where he scored one of the Reds’ four goals, Canos was labelled by Liverpool’s official website as ‘majestic’ in the match report.
‘’Canos was majestic in the game,’’ wrote Liverpoolfc.com ‘’Boro simply had no answer to his powers. He was everywhere, sauntering across the frontline, flicking passes into players’ pathways and exposing huge gaping holes in the visitors’ defence.’’
In the Reds Under-18s' last game, despite a disappointing 6-4 loss to Bolton, the Spaniard was once again at the heart of the Liverpool attack and scored early on to give his side a 2-1 lead, but struggled to make up for the numerous defensive errors that lead to eventual loss.
The result left Neil Critchley's side fourth in the Barclays Premier League North Group, 13 points behind leaders Middlesbrough who also have a game in hand.
Nevertheless, the exciting talent, whose next step will be to win promotion to the Liverpool Under-21 side, does have the ability to give supporters something to be excited about for the future. Along with Jordon Ibe and Sheyi Ojo, the former Barcelona man can be rightfully labelled as among the most promising teenagers currently at the club.