In the recent years Liverpool has lacked to produce young academy players who can go on to become world class football players. After Steven Gerrad no one has been mentioned who has stepped up to the first team with such elegance and talent. Since Steve Heighway has left the academy, Liverpool has been short of young talent that could be taken to the KOP and be called as heroes.
But there is one name that is causing a lot of excitement at Melwood and Kirkby. So much so that the new Liverpool manager Brendon Rodgers has kept him in his plans for his first season.
19-year-old Jesus’ Fernández Sáez, aka Suso, started his career as a Youth ranks in Cadiz. Suso is a young Spanish tricky winger who is creating a lot of inspiring excitement among Liverpool fans.
Back in 2008, at a tender age of 15 Suso refused to join his boyhood club Real Madrid to join for the Merseysiders. As a youngster Suso looked at Fabregaes and thought English game could help in his development. "I always liked the Barclays Premier League more than La Liga and I decided that it would be better for me to come here," he said. Suso rejected offers from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Villarreal to complete his maiden move to England.
While he was at Cadiz he was described for his passing, crossing and dribbling skills. His eye for a pass and trickery has led to the comparisons with Iniesta and Cesc Fabregaes. He appeared to have everything; magical touch, incredible vision, passing range of Xabi Alonso and a shot like Gerrard.
He came into the spotlight as he put in a man of the match performance in a reserve team pre-season friendly aged only 15. Suso went straight back out to Cadiz on loan until he was old enough to gain a permit to complete the transfer and then came straight into the Liverpool under 18s team, impressing immediately with his composure and intelligence and earning himself promotion to the reserves after only a few months. Although he savors to play on the left wing, he was deployed in a new role to play on the right wing allowing him to cut in and use his natural left foot. It didn’t take much time for him to adapt to the new role, he even has the ability to track back and dictate terms by playing in the central midfield with his short and long passes.
Marking his 17th birthday on 19th November 2010 he sig
ned his first professional contract for Liverpool. The talented Spaniard is yet to make his official debut for Liverpool's first team, though he did take part in Jamie Carragher's testimonial, as well as a pre-season friendly against Borussia Monchengladbach in 2010.
Former Boss Rafael Benitez is a fond admirer of the youngster, as he persuaded him to come and join Liverpool. Recently he revealed about his excitement over the Anfield starlet, “Keep your eye on Suso, the Liverpool player who will now be playing for Spain Under-19s at their European championship. I tell you, he has promise.”
Even the new Liverpool boss has expressed his excitement over suso, “He's a boy I've really heard enough about in terms of his talent. Hopefully I find that working with him in terms of his mentality will be strong and if he does then he'll have a chance.”
Just like any Spanish player, he also dreams to play in a top Spanish club, he says, "If there was one stadium I would love to play in other than Anfield, it would be the Bernabeu, the first shirt I had as a kid was a Madrid one”. The Spaniard continued,” Before I made the choice to move to England, I thought to myself that joining Liverpool was a once in a lifetime opportunity. I felt that if I kept improving throughout my career, I would have the opportunity to play for a big Spanish team but the Liverpool offer might have never
come around again”.
Recently he has expressed his desire to play for Liverpool first team this season, he certainly knows the fact that Rodgers is keen to work with youngsters, "I hope I get some minutes and a chance to show what I can do, I am really happy at the club and I want to stay", he said.
Weather Rodgers will use him in his Liverpool revolution or not it’s up to him, but in many ways Liverpool has struck GOLD. And it is at the right time when the first team is struggling for their offensive play.
If Liverpool's new number 35 gets his chance on the wing, he looks set to be a star. Liverpool certainly has their very own future Fabregaes or Iniesta….