Despite being an unused substitute in their recent 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson has been a crucial figure for the Reds over recent years.
Since joining the Merseyside club back in the 2017 summer transfer window from Hull City in a deal worth a reported fee of £10m, the left-back has gone on to make a total of 188 appearances for the Reds across all competitions, scoring five goals and providing 39 assists in the process, showing just how important he is to the team.
Additionally, the fact that Robertson played more minutes in the Premier League last season than any other Liverpool player shows how vital he was for Jurgen Klopp in that time.
With the defender’s contract at Anfield not set to expire until 2026, it doesn’t seem likely that he will be leaving the club anytime soon.
However, we feel as though Liverpool could already have their next version of the Scotland international in their youth ranks with 19-year-old Owen Beck, someone who could potentially save the club millions in future transfer fees.
As a product of Liverpool’s youth system, Beck has made 15 appearances for their U18 team and 31 appearances for their U23 side, scoring two goals and providing five assists in the process, showing that he has some attacking capabilities within him in a similar way Robertson has shown during his time at the club.
In an interview with Wales Online, reporter David Lynch directly compared the two players, saying: “Since nailing down a starting place at under-23 level, Owen’s engine and ability going forward have inevitably seen him compared with Andy Robertson.”
The Welshman also has one senior appearance under his belt for the Reds which came during their recent 2-0 win over Preston North End in the Carabao Cup where he had a very short cameo off the substitutes bench.
Back during the club’s pre-season period, Beck caught the attention of Klopp who labelled him as a “super talent” who he is “really excited about”, which should be very enjoyable for the teenage prodigy to hear.
So far this season, Beck has played in the majority of the Liverpool U23s league games as well as the full 90 minutes in all four of the club’s UEFA Youth League fixtures. He’d predominantly played as a left-back but has also featured as a centre-back and left-winger on occasion. That should be pleasing for Klopp considering he has a large number of players in his senior squad that can play in numerous positions on the pitch.
We see no reason why Beck couldn’t go on to become a regular senior player for the Reds in the coming years. First, however, he must manage a successful season with the U23s and make the most out of any opportunities he gets to play in the first team moving forward. Should he continue to impress, he may well be Robertson’s potential heir.