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Liverpool’s ‘next big thing’, 90-goal scorer and son of Premier League cult hero, signs professional contract

Liverpool's 'next big thing', 90-goal scorer and son of Premier League cult hero, signs professional contract

Liverpool have signed the son of a former Premier League cult hero after he scored 90 goals in one season at youth level.

Liverpool have signed the son of a former Premier League cult hero after he scored 90 goals in one season at youth level.

Keyrol Figueroa, a 17-year-old striker, has built a significant reputation within Liverpool’s academy, with many tipping the teenager to be the next breakout star at Anfield.

And the club announced on Tuesday that Figueroa had put pen to paper on his first professional contract.

The 17-year-old striker joined the Reds at under-14 level and was a prolific goalscorer during his time in the youth ranks. Indeed, he recently marked his return from injury with a goal off the bench for the under-18s against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Furthermore, Figueroa has already demonstrated his scoring prowess with a 90-goal campaign while playing for Liverpool’s under-13 and under-14 sides.

Of course, born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Figueroa is not the first footballer in his family. He is actually the son of former Premier League defender Maynor Figueroa, who enjoyed a respectable career in England playing for Wigan.

Figueroa Sr. made around 179 Premier League appearances for Latics between 2008 and 2015.

Meanwhile, Figueroa jr will also be hoping to make his mark on the international level after opting to represent the USA.

Maynor Figueroa played for Wigan between 2008 and 2015 (Getty)

Maynor Figueroa played for Wigan between 2008 and 2015 (Getty)

He scored seven goals to help his country to the finals of the CONCACAF U17 Championship in 2023, while also playing at last year’s Under-17 World Cup, where the USA lost to Germany in the round of 16.

The likes of Jayden Danns and Lewis Koumas have made their mark in the Liverpool first team at various times this term, and Jurgen Klopp urged his successor in February not to close the door on youth.

Klopp said: “I said a couple of times, ‘Maybe the future doesn’t look so bad.’ Maybe people (shouldn’t) forget him the moment the transfer window opens.

“There are already some pretty promising players here. Don’t close the door on them with signs.”

Featured image credit: Getty

Subjects: Liverpool, USA

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