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'Special' 18-year-old likened to Firmino spotted training and travelling with Liverpool pre-Napoli
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'Special' 18-year-old likened to Firmino spotted training and travelling with Liverpool pre-Napoli

This week, Liverpool have been preparing for Wednesday’s Champions League Group A opener against Napoli.

The Anfield outfit gets their European campaign under way in Naples against Serie A’s current second-placed side.

Liverpool have won just two of their opening six Premier League games amid an injury crisis.

The Reds go into the game on the back of a goalless draw in the Merseyside derby last Saturday.

Meanwhile, their opponents got back to winning ways last time out, winning 2-1 at Lazio.

Liverpool held a session at the AXA Training Centre on Tuesday ahead of setting off for Italy.

As per Football Daily, Melkamu Frauendorf could be seen taking part in the session.

The Liverpool Echo also commented on the 18-year-old’s involvement, along with Isaac Mabaya and Stefan Bajcetic.

And on Tuesday evening, Frauendorf was part of the travelling pack heading to Naples for the match.

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Melkamu Frauendorf factfile

Frauendorf joined Liverpool in August 2020 from German side Hoffenheim.

He subsequently signed his first professional deal at Anfield in July 2021.

Frauendorf has already made his Liverpool debut, in the FA Cup third-round win over Shrewsbury in January.

He has also made 60 appearances for Liverpool at age level, registering an impressive 15 goals and nine assists.

Described by the Liverpool website as ‘an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal’, Frauendorf has already featured for Germany at Under-18 level.

Danny Galm, who was Frauendorf’s coach for two years at Hoffenheim, spoke highly of the youngster to Blood Red last year, as transcribed by the Liverpool Echo.

“Mel is a very flexible player,” he said.

“He is straightforward with a good technique and very, very good endurance.

“He didn’t score the most goals, but he was involved in almost all offensive actions.

“For me, he was a very important player, who often initiated decisive moments with his dynamic and straight dribbling.

“I’m not a fan of comparing players to others but Mel is a special player.

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“He is fast and has good endurance, and he wants to learn, but remains creative.

“He will develop physically in the next months and will grow [in responsibility] in Liverpool.

“I will follow his development and I hope he will soon experience the spirit of Anfield.”

Frauendorf’s style of play has been compared to that of Roberto Firmino on Twitter.

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