EUFA Youth League Player Reviews #7 Liverpool U19 V Napoli U19

Updated: Feb 3, 2020

The last time Liverpool Under 19's played Napoli Under 19's the score was 1-1, today's game was very different to the one reviewed back in September. Liverpool dominated the game and showed real quality, especially in attack which is shown in the score.

Unfortunately, Gianluca Gaetano did not feature in this game, but, there was 3 Liverpool players that are currently on Football Index playing.

A few key points to consider is that:

  • Napoli were poor in this game

  • Youth players that are unlikely to to play for their first team in the short term are currently out of favour with the market having a strong focus on PB players

Final Score: Liverpool under 19's 7-0 Napoli under 19's

1. Curtis Jones

Team: Liverpool

Current Price: £1.47

Curtis Jones

Curtis Jones has been highlighted in more blog posts than any other player and since being highlighted at £1.12 in September, he has just kept on improving and was once again incredible in this game. He scored 3 goals and was heavily involved in 2 more too.

His 3rd goal was quality, he ran past one player then used a Cruyff turn to get a way from a Napoli defender creating the space to shoot then hit it into the top left corner from outside of the box. As captain, Jones played an integral part in Liverpool under 19's strong performance and once he came off in the 67th minute, Liverpool did not score another goal.

What impresses me about Jones the most having watched him a lot now this season is that he possesses a lot of skill, creates opportunities, scores and works really hard. Often he would track back and try and get onto the ball in midfield to carry it forward. He has all of the player characteristics to really suit the PB matrix in the future.

Of course he is already at a very high price relative to his very low chances of earning dividends in the short term as he will struggle to break into Liverpool's first team. But, for a long term hold, he is a player worth considering given he looks far too good to play for Liverpool's youth side for much longer. Overall, I still think Jones is good value at his current price.

2. Harvey Elliott

Team: Liverpool

Current Price: £2.10

Harvey Elliott

Elliott is another player that impressed in this game. He tore Napoli's left back apart in the first half and his touch, control and range of passing was superb. Elliott has the natural talent to be a quality player in the future, especially at just the age of 16. Elliott is very strong at picking out intelligent passes.

However, he does not contribute towards as many goals as other Liverpool youth players yet. At the very high price of £2.10, money could possibly be spent better elsewhere unless he is held for the long term with little consideration for short term capital appreciation or dividends.

In terms of progress, Jones appears much further ahead than him and so overall I would not necessarily advise buying Elliott at his current price.

Although, it is worth pointing out that by the time the 3 year share period is up, Elliott will still only be 19 and given the growth in Football Index - this could result in Elliott being worth considerably more and so the potential upside is certainly massive.

3. Ki-Jana Hoever

Ki-Jana Hoever

Team: Liverpool

Current Price: £1.05

Hoever was steady at the back for the majority of the game. Napoli Under 19's did not pose too much of a threat at any point in the game and so Hoever was not really tested.

Hoever did carry the ball out well and often looked for creative passes. In the second half, Hoever switched the ball out very well with a long pass up field and showed got a lot of potential.

Klopp will remember his strong performance in the FA Cup last season and he may get a chance in a cup again this season. However, he may not attract as much media as he is a defender and is not English. Overall, I think Hoever's current price seems about right given his price ceiling. He could be a strong long term hold, but, for now there are little reasons to buy Hoever.


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