The youngest of this trio, Kornel Misciur, joined at the start of March from Hull City for an undisclosed fee and made his first appearance during a 3-2 victory over Sunderland at under-16s level. He has since trained with the first-team. Also striving to make their mark are Fabian Mrozek (19) and Jakub Ojrzyński (20), who arrived at the Academy in 2020 and 2019 respectively. Mrozek has been a regular starter for the under-18s this term, meanwhile Ojrzyński has spent the last two seasons out on loan – initially at Caernarfon Town and then Radomiak Radom.

Preceding this group of players was fellow Pole Kamil Grabara, who signed in January 2016 as part of a £250,000 deal and has claimed the Danish Superliga with FC Copenhagen and earned a senior international cap on the back of leaving Liverpool two years ago. Poland’s production of promising players in this position is clear to see, a market Liverpool have been keen to exploit. Determining why this is the case, who better to ask than the only player to represent the Reds from this country.

“We have good coaches and take advantage of the big names,” Dudek admitted when asked by the ECHO about Polish power between the sticks. “We [Wojciech Szczęsny] started and now everyone is following us, trying to win this ticket from the lottery. Maybe it is a special character you need in that position.”

On his impressions of those hailing from his homeland currently at Liverpool, he added: “I heard about them, and there are many others coming to England. We have a good goalkeeping school in Poland and a strong mentality to succeed in this profession. 50 goalkeepers aged 15 and over left Poland last year and that means everyone is trying to be a Dudek or Szczesny.”

The Reds’ other Polish prodigy is operating at the opposite end of the pitch, where he is often found completing mazy runs and showcasing his attacking assets. Indeed, 19-year-old Mateusz Musialowski became well-known by sections of the fanbase after his stunning solo goal versus Newcastle United in April 2021 went viral on social media. He made his unofficial first-team appearance in a friendly with Strasbourg last July, though a professional debut remains elusive.

Living up to his ‘Polish Messi’ nickname would prove a challenge for any player. Remaining a consistent force at youth team level is a primary concern for Musialowski, who has perhaps not developed in the way some had envisaged since signing in 2020.


Liverpool news and transfers LIVE – Aurelien Tchouameni claims, Reds eye new goalkeeper

Hello and welcome to the ECHO’s latest Liverpool news and transfers blog on Saturday, May 13.

Liverpool will have to play the waiting game this Premier League matchday – as they are not in action until Monday night against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium (8pm).

By then, Jurgen Klopp and his players will have a clearer idea of what they need to do in their quest for Champions League qualification.

On the transfer front, reports are suggesting Liverpool are preparing an approach for Real Madrid sensation Aurelien Tchouameni. The Frenchman has fallen down the pecking order at the Bernabeu in the second half of the campaign.

Football Insider also claim Jurgen Klopp is considering signing an experienced goalkeeper to challenge Alisson next season. Hannover 96 shot-stopper Ron-Robert Zieler is the same mooted in the article.

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21:37Charlie Bennett

Romano shares update on Liverpool target

Italian sports journalist Fabrizio Romano has revealed “many” top clubs are interested in reported Liverpool target Simone Pafundi.

Udinese talent Simone Pafundi, one to watch for the future with many top clubs monitoring him #SerieA

2006-born talent now picks Excellence Sport as new agency to plan his future.

“He’s incredible talent. I call Pafundi and then all the other players”, Roberto Mancini said.

— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 12, 2023

21:34Charlie Bennett

Aurelien Tchouameni linked

Liverpool are considering an approach for Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, according to 90min.

It is no secret that Jurgen Klopp is hunting for reinforcements in his engine room this summer.

Since the World Cup, Tchouameni has played a bit-part role at the Bernabeu – starting just nine out of a possible 19 La Liga fixtures.

The Frenchman – at 6ft 2in – has all the attributes to become a force in the Premier League.

Aurelien Tchouameni of Real Madrid looks on

21:26Charlie Bennett

Jurgen Klopp eyes experienced Alisson challenge

Football Insider claim Liverpool are considering an approach for Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. Anfield chiefs have reportedly contacted the player’s representatives about a potential summer move.

At 34, Zieler would unlikely be a long-term option for Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp is keen to sign an experienced goalkeeper capable of challenging Alisson for the number one spot. Since arriving on Merseyside, the Brazilian has been the Reds’ undisputed choice between the sticks.

The report also suggests Adrian will be allowed to leave on a free transfer after making just 26 appearances in four years. The Spaniard – who deputised for Alisson briefly in 2019-20 – is linked with a return to his native country.

Zieler emerged from Man United’s youth academy but failed to make a single appearance before moving to Hannover 96. The lure of returning to the Premier League could hold the key for Liverpool getting their man.

Ron-Robert Zieler of Hannover celebrates