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Liverpool academy player matching Owen's junior record

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Liverpool fans would have to wait close to a decade to see Ben Trueman in the first team - but if he can continue his goalscoring form and reach his apparent potential over the coming years, it would be worth the wait.

Trueman is just seven-years-old, but has been on books of the Reds' academy since he was five and is banging in the goals for Haydock FC.

And, by banging in the goals, we mean a quite incredible 123 goals in just 18 appearances for their U7s team. That's better than Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge combined - maybe he should be promoted into the first team now, Brendan Rodgers! Just kidding, of course.

He might be young, but it's an attribute that hasn't gone unnoticed among other Premier League clubs, with Manchester United, Manchester City and Everton also getting the schoolboy to take part in some training at their setup this season.

That's no surprise, given that his ability to find the back of the net has only ever been replicated in such fashion by Michael Owen - who became a Liverpool legend as well as one of England's top goalscorers.

Trueman isn't a greedy kid who shoots all the time though, with his manager paying tribute to the all-around ability and attributes that the youngster possesses.

“With Ben scoring almost 130 goals, you’d expect him to be greedy. But his overall play and his range of passing is absolutely incredible and just his attitude overall is amazing to see,” said Haydock manager Luke Burke, according to the Liverpool Echo.

A name to remember then, it would appear, although there are examples of young prodigies who didn't quite reach their potential. 'Sonny' Pike famously went to Ajax as a kid but didn't make it, whilst Freddy Adu was touted as a potential superstar before failing to impress in Europe.

Liverpool fans will hope Trueman is another Owen rather than Pike however - providing the Anfield hierarchy can keep him on their books rather than a rivals.

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