Joe Hardy’s arrival at Liverpool appeared to come out on nowhere.
The 21-year-old has never played a senior game of football in his life, and yet the Reds decided to snap him up from Brentford’s B team. They did not even announce his signing, such was the lack of fanfare around his arrival at the Merseyside club.
The big fat Liverpool quiz of 2019 – how much do you remember about the last year at Anfield?
However, he has already hit the ground running with the U23s. He made his debut against Southampton on Monday night and scored twice in a 5-0 victory for the Reds – which was made even more impressive by the fact that he was only on the pitch until the 64th minute.
Unsurprisingly, many fans were delighted with his display.
Joe Hardy looks like a baller. Took both of his goals pretty well tonight #LFCU23s
— Stephen Laverty (@SteLaverty94) January 13, 2020
— Ricky|🇸🇪|19|Prophet of Origilism|General| (@RickyRichLFC) January 13, 2020
It was a fantastic way to start his career with the European champions, and performances like this will do his reputation no harm.
A lot of fans got carried away, and compared him to some of the biggest names in the game.
Whom is Joe Hardy? Never heard of him but he’s actually better than Mbappe
— matt (@Mxtt96) January 13, 2020
Liverpool have apparently signed the new Messi in Joe Hardy…. #lfc
— Dan (@TheDarkJudge) January 13, 2020
I’m not one to over react to a transfer or anything but I’m pretty sure Alan Shearer should be very worried about his record being broken by Joe Hardy https://t.co/VXQ73RoKBj
— mark kastner (@mkstnr) January 13, 2020
Tongue in cheek, of course. Such is the Twittersphere!
One fan even claimed that he will be picking up the biggest individual trophies in the business.
Ballon d’or loading
— no ifs buts and maybes (@lfcheartt) January 13, 2020
We’ll believe that when we see it.
Others, meanwhile, expect Klopp to work his magic and turn him into a decent player.
Smart finish that. Watch Klopp turn him into the next big thing!
— Brian Redmond (@briansredmond) January 14, 2020
There are a number of players in the Liverpool first-team squad that have benefitted from the 52-year-old’s guidance, so there is no reason why Hardy can’t improve.
And there are some who already think that he could be of use to the former Borussia Dortmund boss.
Good enough to be involved in and around the first team imo
— SF🌊 (@saf_ynwa) January 13, 2020
With Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino to compete with, that seems incredibly unlikely.
Reds supporters will be hoping they hear a lot more about him at least.
In other news, Neil Warnock has huge praise for this Liverpool man.