Liverpool coaches blown away by "excellent" talent rising through the ranks
Liverpool signed 16-year-old Amara Nallo from West Ham in the summer and he is blowing his coaches away at the AXA Training Centre.
Unlike in the past, Liverpool's academy starlets train at the same training facility as their senior teammates and Nallo is a player that could feature in the first-team setup in the future.
Of course, it's far too soon to discuss where he could fit into Jurgen Klopp's plans but at the moment, he's catching the eye of his coaches with performances described as more mature than normal for a player his age.
Excellent Amara Nallo the latest rising talent at Liverpool
After starting the last four games for the Liverpool U21 side, coach Barry Lewtas sang his praises, shining the light on the latest talent to rise through the ranks.
“Amara was excellent,” Lewtas said in an interview with Liverpool's official website. "Him and Carter Pinnington have been playing quite regularly for us so far together.
“Listen, he is just 16, and I don’t think we’ve ever asked a lad that young to play at centre-back against senior opposition.
“He should be really proud of his performance.
“I think the main thing for Amara is he played ever so well but he didn’t let any kind of mistakes or momentum shifts in the game affect him.
“So he didn’t play like a 16-year-old, that’s for sure.”
Nallo was one of three transfers Liverpool made in the youth setup in the summer, signing Trey Nyoni from Leicester City and Harvey Owen from Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Born in 2006, the teenager has made the start that he, his family and coaches would have hoped for. Hopefully he can continue his development at a steady rate.
If he does, Klopp may soon call on him for a cup game or to join the club's pre-season tour in the next couple of years.
Nallo has a peer he can look to for advice in 17-year-old Ben Doak. The teenager has already made eight appearances for the first team.
A bit older at 20, Nallo can also follow in Jarrel Quansah's footsteps with the young defender impressing with every opportunity he's granted by Klopp.
Fans may be excited about the young team being assembled at Anfield but the club, as ever, has a wealth of developing talent at its disposal.
Part of why so many fans love Liverpool Football Club is their emphasis on making use of the talent in their youth academy. The likes of Steven Gerrard and Trent Alexander-Arnold have show the value in placing trust in top young talents.
Curtis Jones is another example with the 22-year-old becoming more and more mature in his gameplay. The red card he received for his tackle on Yves Bissouma was unfortunate but its a learning curve he can make full use of.
While the decision was harsh in light of other challenges not being met with the same level of discipline but if he can use the incident as a lesson to learn from, he will only grow and improve.
Anfield Central will bring you any more developments on Nallo's fledgling career with Liverpool.