Liverpool teenager Corey Whelan hailed as 'superb' by Reds' under-21 coach

One of Liverpool's young defensive prospects impressed on his under-21 debut.

Liverpool’s under-21 coach Michael Beale has had his say on the latest youngster to make his debut for the Reds’ under-21 side.

In comments published by Liverpool’s official website, Beale reflected on his side’s 3-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur on Friday evening – a match that saw Samed Yesil net twice and Ryan Kent also get on the score-sheet.

But while more familiar names were praised by their coach, another player was also mentioned in the form of 17-year-old defender Corey Whelan.

The Irish right-back has featured five times for Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League, but Friday saw him make his debut for the club’s under-21s.

“Corey was superb on his debut,” Beale said and it will be interesting to see how his career develops in the seasons to come.

Liverpool have produced some impressive players in recent times and Jon Flanagan was the last defender to break through and feature regularly for the first-team.

At just 17, Whelan will have to be patient, but having impressed on his under-21 debut, and following three caps for the Republic of Ireland’s under-17 side, he could yet stake a claim to be a future first-team star.

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