Morgan Boyes: Unlucky to not have been involved in the first team?

Academy correspondent SAM JONES on the young Liverpool defender who can feel a little unfortunate not to have been given a chance in the first team this season.

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Liverpool’s centre-back worries have been very well documented this season, with the Reds having all three of their first-choice options in the position ruled out for the season.

The Reds have seen youth players Rhys Williams, Nathaniel Phillips and Billy Koumetio all make appearances in the first team this season, but one player that may have been unlucky to miss out is 19-year-old Welsh defender Morgan Boyes.

Boyes became a more well known name after he made his first team debut in the League Cup loss to Aston Villa in December 2019.


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The youngster was unlucky in the match, scoring an own-goal after blocking an Ahmed Elmohamady shot.

The Wales youth international spent the first half of the season on loan at Fleetwood, but he only managed to make two appearances in that time.

The loan deal was initially meant to last the season. However, the Reds recalled the defender on January 2 and has been with Barry Lewtas’ u23 side ever since.

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Since his return to Merseyside, Boyes has impressed at the heart of the u23 defence along with Koumetio.

He has thrived in the role that was freed up following Sepp van den Berg’s loan move to Preston North End.

In the convincing win over Arsenal u23 Boyes was a colossus at the back, winning every header and dealing with every corner that came into the box.

Boyes seemed to bring a certain amount of confidence to the back line, brimming the young defenders with confidence that it would be okay as he was along side them.

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Even up against a winger such as Reiss Nelson, who has experience in the Premier League as well as the Bundesliga, Boyes looked assured and made sure the Arsenal starlet struggled to make an impact on the game.

Boyes may feel a bit unlucky that he wasn’t the player chosen to step into the first team ahead of Williams, but if he can continue to show such confidence in his performances he can’t be far off.

A loan move such as van den Berg’s to Preston may help the youngster in his pursuit of a first team spot, with experience in the Championship giving him grounds to progress further.


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