'Great prospect': Jamie Carragher says Liverpool have a top 17-year-old in their ranks
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has congratulated Reds academy midfielder Michael Laffey after he signed his first professional contract at Anfield.
Liverpool announced the news on Thursday, confirming the 17-year-old had committed his future to the Merseyside outfit.
Laffey joined Liverpool from city rivals Everton as an Under-10 player, and rose through the ranks on the red half of Merseyside.
He made his Under-18s debut last season and continues to ply his trade for Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side as a first-year scholar.
This season, Laffey – described as a ‘tenacious player with an eye for a pass’ – has made nine U18 Premier League appearances for Liverpool.
The Liverpool website says the youngster boasts ‘a good range of passing and impressive awareness’ and ‘helps knit his team together in the middle of the park, looking to get on the ball and impose a tempo on the game.’
In addition, ‘set-piece delivery is another strength and he can regularly be found on corners and free-kicks.’
Carragher, in response to Liverpool’s Twitter announcement about Laffey, replied by calling him a “great prospect”.
The Reds icon also urged him to keep up the good work.
It’s always great to hear about young talents penning their first professional contracts at a club.
It’s a huge milestone for a player, and it shows the club sees a lot of potential in them.
Laffey has been doing well at Under-18 level, so it’s very well deserved.
Also, having Jurgen Klopp as first-team manager is great for youngsters.
He’s never been afraid to play academy stars in cup games.
There’s a great pathway to the first-team at Liverpool, which is great news for Laffey and his peers.