'He's stood out': Sky pundit wowed by one Liverpool youngster's display tonight, Ramsay aside
Liverpool academy gem Bobby Clark earned praise from Sky Sports pundit Alan McInally during the Reds’ Carabao Cup meeting with Derby at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp handed the 17-year-old midfielder his first start for Liverpool in the third-round clash against the Rams.
Clark joined Liverpool from Newcastle in the summer of 2021 and has been making waves in the Reds academy.
His tally for the Reds Under-18s reads 25 appearances, 13 goals and five assists.
Clark has also made 11 appearances for Liverpool’s U21s, registering one goal and two assists.
Klopp handed the youngster his senior debut back in August, bringing him on in the 9-0 hammering of Bournemouth.
And on Wednesday, Clark made his full debut for Liverpool, playing until the 66th minute.
McInally liked what he saw from the former Newcastle gem in the first half.
“For Liverpool, the young lad Bobby Clark is doing really well,” he said on Sky Sports Soccer Special (9/11/22, 20:27).
“He’s stood out so for in the middle of the park and is taking his chance.”
The Liverpool Echo gave Clark a 7 out of 10 for his efforts in the first half.
However, his full-time rating dropped to 6 out of 10.
They wrote: ‘Showed glimpses of why he is so highly-rated in a confident, classy first-half display before fading after break. Subbed.’
Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw by full-time, but the Reds triumphed in the penalty shootout to make the next round.
“Bags of skill and talent”
When Clark joined Liverpool’s setup from Newcastle last summer, many at St James’ Park were gutted.
Lee Ryder, the Newcastle Chronicle’s chief Magpies reporter, spoke to the Liverpool Echo in September about how much of a “kick in the teeth” Clark’s departure was.
“Bobby was Newcastle’s most promising youngster,” said Ryder. “He is a really exciting player with bags of skill and talent.
“He could have lit up the stage at St James’ Park but now he has gone to Liverpool and that is a real kick in the teeth.”
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