Adam Lewis – The Next Local Hero
It’s been widely reported that Alberto Moreno will leave on a free transfer at the end of the season amidst interest from Barcelona and Arsenal. This could mean that Klopp looks to sign someone to be Robertson’s deputy at left-back. However, the solution could be right under his nose in the form of a local lad, Adam Lewis.
Who Is Adam Lewis?
The England U20 international is a pacy left-back that’s also able to play in a more attacking role because of his speed and crossing ability. Lewis was a stand out player at the U19 Euros for England, despite crashing out in the group stage.
Before Steven Gerrard left his role as U18s manager, he lauded Lewis as the best he’d seen at that age and believed that he wouldn’t be in the U18s squad for much longer, and he was right. Within the past 6 months, Lewis has trained with the first-team on a regular basis, showing Klopp is aware of his talent.
“If Adam can keep this consistency up I don’t think he’ll be around this team for much longer.
“I want to keep him for as long as I can, but for me, he’s such a threat on the left side.
“Going forward, I haven’t seen anyone as good as him at that age, in terms of quality and what he can deliver in the final third.”
– Steven Gerrard
The current U20 captain is described by The Liverpool Echo as a left-back who loves Liverpool, making tackles, and hates losing. The fact that he loves a tackle would show he may have something that Moreno doesn’t. The Spaniard is a very attacking-minded player, and has come under some criticism over the years for some lacklustere defending.
While Lewis prides himself as a good defensive player with a love for tackling, he also has shown his attacking abilities for both club and country. He provided numerous assists during the 2017-18 season and scored some stunning goals. Some notable strikes came against Manchester United at Anfield and Spartak Moscow in the UEFA Youth League. He’s also, become a regular set-piece taker in the academy set-up.
He’s capable of following in the footsteps of former greats in Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher and repeating the success of current star Trent Alexander-Arnold, all of whom graduated from Liverpool’s academy. Gerrard also recognised leadership qualities in the young man, as he appointed Lewis as his captain of the U18s, and Lewis has gone on to express his love for his local club repeatedly.
Lewis in The Academy
Lewis is being called the next ‘Scouse Wonderkid’, and he’s a close friend of Trent Alexander-Arnold, having played together from a young age in the academy system. He could be the next local lad to be promoted through the youth set-up and take the same path as his friend. After a long-term injury to Nathaniel Clyne, there was an opportunity for TAA to be given a chance. He took it with both hands, and never looked back. If Moreno does leave, then the same opportunity could be presented to Lewis.
The youngster is yet to make a first-team appearance for the club, but he’s very highly rated at Melwood, and may feature at some point this season. At just 18 years old, he’s already developed ahead of the pack, having featured for England’s U20s in September and also playing under Neil Critchley for the U23s.
Liverpool’s academy is brimming with talent. The likes of Curtis Jones, Caoimhin Kelleher, Kamil Grabara, Rafa Camacho and Nat Phillips have all been given first team chances in pre-season and have mostly impressed. Adam Lewis could be the next name to add to that long list as he looks to emulate his peers. He’s certainly a player to keep an eye out for in next year’s preseason, where Klopp could mould him into a good alternative for Andy Robertson in the first-team.
Let’s hope that when his chance comes, Lewis is able to rise to occasion and become the latest in a long line of Liverpool lads to etch his name into the club’s history books.