Liverpool academy prospect Adam Lewis says he is looking to impress Jurgen Klopp and his backroom team during the pre-season period.
With Alberto Moreno having completed his move to Villarreal after his Liverpool contract was not renewed, Lewis hopes to become the second-choice left-back at the club behind Andy Robertson next season.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com, Lewis said:
“We know what the manager likes, he loves the running, so you’ve just got to adapt to it and I see an opportunity for me in my position with obviously Alberto going. There’s obviously a chance and the manager gives the youngsters a go in pre-season.
“All I have to do is obviously keep impressing in training and hopefully get my chance.”
Lewis is yet to make his first-team debut for The Reds but he knows that at 19, he still has time to play his way into Klopp’s plans over the coming years.
“Pre-season is an opportunity where you can show what you’ve got.
“The manager has seen me play, I was here [at Melwood] last year a few times but the most important thing for me is to stay down here and hopefully get on the bench in the coming season.
“Just training with them [the first team] gives you a taste and it makes you want it more.
“Being a part of a big club like this is massive and it gives you a big confidence boost going into a game or even getting a call-up to come to Melwood. It’s always a good thing for a young lad, especially for me being a Scouser as well – that makes it even more important.”
Andy Robertson is currently the only recognised left-back in the first-team squad, however, James Milner and Joe Gomez have covered that position in the past.
With Moreno gone, James Milner now 33 and Joe Gomez preferred in a central role beside Virgil van Dijk, Klopp is likely to want to promote a youth player to provide cover for Robertson on the flank.
Lewis could well be given his taste of first-team action at some stage of the 2019/20 season.
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