Liverpool tie ‘Polish Lionel Messi’ down to first professional contract

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Liverpool have tied Mateusz Musialowski, dubbed 'the Polish Lionel Messi', down to a first professional contract.

The 17-year-old moved to Anfield last summer and has been playing for the Under-18s under Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.

Musialowski has made a strong impression since joining from SMS Lodz, with a solo goal against Newcastle named Premier League U18's Goal of the Season.

The winger has notched up 12 goals and three assists in 25 appearances.

A statement on the club's official website read: "His ability to travel with the ball and dribble past defenders soon caught the eye.

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"He scored his first goal for the club in November, against Leeds United at Melwood, and finished the season with 10 to his name.

"That included a fine effort at Anfield against Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup quarter-final, a competition in which Musialowski also scored in the semi-final against Ipswich Town as the Reds reached the final."

Musialowski has reportedly signed a three-year deal and is spending time with Jurgen Klopp's first-team squad during pre-season in Austria.

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