Following the Liverpool under-23 side absolutely destroying Shrewsbury Town 1-0, it seems apt to continue our focus on the Reds’ Academy ranks. A young, 17-year-old attacking midfielder lives there who just had a very big day. His name is Tom Hill.
Young Tom Hill wasn’t involved at Anfield on Tuesday but the Formby native did have a starting spot in the Carabao Cup match against Aston Villa in December. He played in Sadio Mané’s position alongside Luis Longstaff as Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott as Harvey Elliott. Since joining up with the under-18 side at the beginning of the season as a scholar, Hill has obviously continued to impress his coaches and on Wednesday signed his first professional contract with Liverpool.
Tom has a reputation as a versatile player, an ability Jürgen Klopp will appreciate. As well as playing in midfield and being an ardent attacking threat, it’s been said that Hill can also fill in at right back.
Jamie Carragher claims to have watched Hill play in a match just over a decade ago in Liverpool’s youth system. The youngster has been around the club since he was 6-years-old and this contract represents an incredible achievement. Few young players get into the Academy and even fewer are presented with the opportunity to advance to the first team.
It’s still a long road to get to Melwood and his odds for Anfield success are still not great, but that’s not the stuff Tom Hill and his family are thinking about right now. Tom has the confidence of Neil Critchley and the Liverpool staff to become a better player over the next few seasons.
And once the new training facility is finished this summer, uniting the Academy and the first team under one roof, a stronger feeling of connection with Klopp and his squad will further motivate Liverpool’s young players to play their best football. Raise a non-alcoholic beverage today for young Tom Hill. Huzzah.