Liverpool coach believes Samed Yesil is under-21 side's best finisher

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Liverpool still hope Samed Yesil can make it at the club.

Long before Mario Balotelli arrived, the first striker Brendan Rodgers signed for the club was Samed Yesil.

A German under-19 international, with eight goals in seven games Yesil was highly rated and came cheap from Bayer Leverkusen.

He even made two first team appearances for Liverpool in his debut campaign, but since then he has had a torrid time with injury.

Yesil has been able to play just five under-21 games for the Reds this season, scoring once. Yet the club still harbour hope he can reach his potential.

Liverpool youth coach Michael Beale believes he is the top finisher in his age group, and still only 20, there is time for his to succeed.

He told the club's official website: "We want him to get a good three or four months of playing and a good pre-season in him, to show his own potential. His finishing is probably second-to-none in our group at U21s."

Yesil showed that natural ability in Leverkusen's youth set up, scoring 37 goals in 44 games for their under-17 side, and 21 in 31 for their under-19s before he made the switch to Anfield.

He is clearly a player with real talent, and what Liverpool would never want is for him to look back and wish he had never signed for the club, through ill fortune or otherwise.

There is still time for him to become a success, and with better luck and careful management there may be room for a big turnaround.

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