Recently, a milestone was reached by a Liverpool prospect, as the lad became the youngest goal scorer in the Reds’ history and considering how successful and big of a team Liverpool is, this is something that can’t go unnoticed at all.
Young lads are always something to be careful with, as their careers can fall apart with a single bad move or because bosses tend to rush them into the pitch to go ahead and play against more experienced and physically developed guys.
Nowadays, with that big tendency to bring and develop young talents into the field that every single big club in the world is taking, every day a new prospect that might actually be the next big thing of football shows up.
So, in that spirit, we’ll take a look at the 5 youngest goal scorers in Liverpool’s history, as well as how did the careers of those 5 players ended up at the club.
Jimmy Melia: 18 years, one month and 16 days
Melia scored his first goal against Nottingham Forest on December 17th, 1955, starting a 10-year career that saw him send 76 balls to the bottom of the nets in 269 appearances made for the club.
The midfielder also played for Wolverhampton and the Saints afterwards before also starting a coaching career.
Raheem Sterling: 17 years, ten months and 12 days
This guy scored his first goal against Reading on October 20th, 2012, and he was arguably the best player in the team during the Brendan Rodgers era, even despite some misconducts from the youngster at times, and he was actually the third youngest player to debut for the Reds at the time he did it.
Over 3 seasons, Sterling flourished as a great offensive player, scoring 18 goals in 95 appearances before leaving the club to join Manchester City in a very controversial move that left the Reds fans very angry.
Jordan Rossiter: 17 years, five months and 30 days
The talented midfielder scored his first goal against Middlesbrough on September 23, 2014, and he was set to be one of the most important rotation guys and prospects for many years to come, being often compared to the legendary Steven Gerrard.
However, this youngster’s career at Liverpool was over sooner than expected, as he was let go to Scotland to play for Rangers.
Michael Owen: 17 years, four months and 22 days
This guy doesn’t even need a presentation, as Owen was arguably one of the best strikers in the world during at least a 5-year span. Michael scored his first goal against Wimbledon on May 6, 1997, becoming the youngest goalscorer in Liverpool’s history until the past week.
Owen was one of Liverpool’s biggest icons thanks to his 118 goals in 216 appearances over 8 years with the club. However, his departure to Real Madrid and a late stint with Manchester United left fans very unhappy and he’s not their favourite guys nowadays.
Ben Woodburn: 17 years, one month and 14 days
Ben was one of the main reasons why Liverpool was able to finally take control of a game against Leeds United the past November in order to advance to the semifinals of this year’s league cup.
The youngster scored a stunner after a great play by Divock Origi, and even if nobody knew who he was at the moment, it seems like he’s a very talented prospect with a bright future ahead of him under Jurgen Klopp’s tutelage.