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Liverpool's prodigious striker Yan Dhanda, who grabbed the headlines after he penned a lucrative deal with the English giants in late 2015 has yet again featured in the news with a stunning goal against the Chelsea reserves as part of the Reserves League 2017/18.
The 19-year-old, who earned his first ever professional contract with Liverpool at the age of 17, is already knocking at the doors of the first-team setup with a spectacular display of skill at the U23 level, highlighted by his recent goal against Chelsea FC's reserves team.
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The first ever footballer of Indian heritage to sign for Liverpool, Dhanda grabbed the limelight with the title of 'Search for the next Asian Star' hosted by Chelsea FC. Soon enough, he was given a trial by West Brom but was snapped up by Liverpool in 2013 when he was just 14 years old.
Having represented England as part of the U16 and U17 level, the youngster is equally adept at donning the striker's role and the role of the winger as well and admires the playing style of Phillippe Coutinho and legend Steven Gerrard.
Heart of the Matter
Part of the Liverpool setup for five years now, the 19-year old Dhanda asserted his dominance with impressive performances at the junior level that earned him his first professional contract with Liverpool at the raw age of 17.
His continued good show at the Under18 level coupled with an imposing show in the first-team training camp in Spain garnered manager Jurgen Klopp's attention which has certainly boosted the youngster's confidence.
A versatile striker, Dhanda has continuously struck the back of the net and against the Chelsea reserves, the youngster exhibited some serious skill, curving the ball in with a powerful right-footed shot from outside the box to comprehensively beat the Chelsea keeper.
Comfortably leading at extra-time, Dhanda's magnificent goal extended Liverpool U23's dominance by another goal as the youngster held his arms afloat as he was mobbed by his team-mates after a sure shot moment of magic.
Idolising Steven Gerrard's style of play, the talented 19-year old striker aims to make his debut for Liverpool's first-team before the age of 20 and with a year to go, he will hope that he gets more opportunities at the U23 level to see his dream turn into reality.
With English football doing well to carve out a career for prodigious talents with a contract as part of the youth academies, one can expect the likes of Yan Dhanda, Angel Gomes amongst others making their debut for the senior team soon.Published 09 May 2018, 12:06 IST