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Liverpool’s Camacho the next gem in the academy

Rafael Camacho is the next Liverpool youngster set to roll off the club’s production line.

The 18-year-old has been in excellent form in the youth ranks and appears certain to make a full breakthrough into the first-team sooner rather than later.

Camacho has been capped at various youth levels by Portugal, playing for the Under-16s, Under-17s, Under-18s, Under-19s and Under-20s.

His versatility, too, will surely appeal to Jurgen Klopp.

He can play at right-back and right midfield as well as the left flank and up front.

Camacho has already made his full debut for the Reds, playing 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss to Wolves in the FA Cup. He also played a single minute in the 4-3 win over Crystal Palace.

He is more than just a right-back, however.

Camacho has an excellent eye for goal, scoring 12 times in 38 outings for the Under-18s, as well as five times in 14 games for the Under-19s in the UEFA Youth League.

At the age of 18, Camacho has played for the Under-23s, too, scoring three goals and providing five assists in 13 games.

Indeed, he is something of a Swiss Army Knife, able to adapt to any situation and thrive.

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Liverpool already have James Milner in that role in the senior side – he can play at full-back and in midfield too – but Camacho appears to be breathing down his neck.

Indeed, Steven Gerrard, then a Liverpool coach, said in 2017 that Camacho “can become a top wing-back if he wants to”, per the Liverpool Echo.

And in the same report, Camacho himself outlined his intention to do well for Klopp in the coming months.

“The boss is asking me to do a job as a right-back for him. He wants to see me defending-wise and I’m just trying to do my best to help the team. (I want) to impress and give everything everyday to show the boss and help the whole team and show I can be a part of this Liverpool squad and go from there.”

If it doesn’t work out at right-back, Camacho can slot in on the right wing; or up front; or on the left flank. Wherever he plays, he is surely an outstanding prospect.

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