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Liverpool could lose ‘Polish Lionel Messi’ from their academy as Leeds eye move | Football | Sport

Leeds United and Birmingham City are set to do battle for the signature of a Liverpool youngster who was previously compared to Lionel Messi. Polish prospect Mateusz Musialowski is attracting interest from EFL Championship outfits in January as he continues to impress for the Reds’ youth teams.

The Poland U-21s international has developed a reputation as a reliable asset in the final third during his four years of development on Merseyside following his move from his homeland. With his contract set to expire in the summer, Musialowski could prove a shrewd investment for a host of potential suitors.

One of clubs showing most interest in his signature currently is Tom Brady-owned Birmingham City, according to the Daily Mail, following the appointment of Tony Mowbray as head coach. Meanwhile, Leeds United are also keeping tabs on his availability, as per Football Insider.

The Merseysiders’ academy coach Barry Lewtas was effusive in his praise of the starlet earlier in the season, as he detailed Musialowski’s improved consistency. He said: “He’s been brilliant. This season, in terms of his level of consistency, without question it has risen.

“He’s taking more responsibility for his all-round game and he commits to every phase of the game now. Defensively he’s strong and buying in. No-one can doubt his ability to dribble the ball, he can dribble past most, but he is finding a real consistency in his game.”

This season, Musialowski has contributed an impressive six goals and two assists in 11 games for the Reds’ U-23s team in what is his third year in the youth set-up. In total, the 20-year-old has played 80 times throughout the club’s pyramid, notching 30 goals and adding six assists in that time.

The Polish starlet has openly admitted that he has modelled his game on Argentine hero Messi, with a solo effort for Liverpool’s U-18s side nearly three years ago demonstrating the similarities in their play. Back in March 2021, the attacking ace made headlines after he bamboozled several Magpies defenders to score a memorable goal.

He picked up the ball just beyond the half-way line, before bobbing and weaving through the opposition defence, as he hurdled numerous attempts to hack him down. The youngster then lashed the ball home with a finish which his idol would have been proud of from the right-hand side.

Describing how the picture-book goal came about, he offered some insight into his inspirations, telling Liverpool’s official website: “I just ran with the ball. When I see the space, I just go for it. I have seen a lot of Lionel Messi goals like that, so I try to be like him and I want to repeat it.

“I get a lot of the ball, so the staff and my teammates are helping me to play my game,” he continued as he opened up on his hopes for the future, adding: “So it’s really nice. I feel like I’m getting fitter and stronger now. I am working hard and want to improve.”

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