Cameron Brannagan has been making headlines over the last day or so after scoring an absolutely amazing goal for the under-21s in Nevada. The fledglings were on a tour of the USA to wrap up the season along with getting more playing time. Ryan Kent made a fine contribution with a lob in the 2-2 draw with Sacramento Republic FC, but it was Brannagan's goal that captured the imagination.
Interestingly enough, Brannagan is set to sign a new contract. The 20-year-old obviously isn't just being rewarded for a fine goal in a friendly but for the development made in his debut season with the seniors as well as continuing to impress for the under-21 side. Although he signed a new deal in October, Liverpool appear to be eager to reward players who are believed to be worth the investment with an improved contract being offered so soon after the last contract extension.
Nine appearances for the senior side across a variety of competitions seems to have convinced Klopp that fresh terms should be offered to the England youth international. Brannagan only exited his teens earlier this month and can look forward to spending his early twenties at Anfield. Presumably promsing midfielder will be part of pre-season preparations with the senior squad with triple sessions set to test his young legs and lungs.
Liverpool's midfield could see quite a few changes over the summer, but for youngsters like Brannagan, it might be worth signing a new deal and seeing how things shake out over the next 12 to 18 months under a a manager with a track record of working well with and developing young players. Brannagan definitely has something about him; constant movement, a lovely turn of movement, and a healthy amount of intelligence are all evident in his game.
There will be young players who break through in a considerable way over the next season or two, and with time, Brannagan could count himself among their number. Before then, signing a new contract is an important step in a player who has attracted the interest of Barcelona in recent times.