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Youth Watch: Dixon-Bonner Out for 6-8 Weeks

The young midfielder has suffered a blow to his aspirations.

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Nothing in sport is guaranteed. And when one considers how athletes necessarily put their body on the line during each minute on the pitch, that sense of insecurity extends all the way to the very musculature you inhabit. You cannot plan for accidents.

For young prospects looking to break into the first team, such blows can be especially hard to work with. Looking at the long road back for someone as talented and highly regarded as Rhian Brewster, for example, indicates that an injury can have serious effects on the trajectory of a young career.

Elijah Dixon-Bonner, a midfielder with the U23s, isn’t a name that’s necessarily on the front of the minds of many Liverpool fans. The nineteen year-old, though, has been a vital cog in Neil Critchley’s U23 side and made his first-team debut during the FA Cup replay against Shrewsbury Town.

Still, the lad likely had a fair few number of people ahead of him - Curtis Jones and the on-loan Marko Grujic come to mind - to make the jump to the first team proper. News that he’ll be out 6-8 weeks due to ligament damage in his knee, suffered while playing Huddersfield, is only gonna make that climb more steep.

Dixon-Bonner seems to be positive based on quotes relayed by Critchley, so we hope that the optimism and determination to return buoys him all the way back.