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Brad Smith can become a Liverpool regular

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Anyone that didn't watch Liverpool's drab 0-0 draw against FC Sion on Thursday can consider themselves extremely fortunate. 

The match was pretty awful in truth with very little goalmouth action.

However, there was one player in particular that did himself no harm whatsoever with a solid performance - young left-back Brad Smith.

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Marauding

The 21-year-old was handed his first start for the Reds and marked his full-debut by marauding up and down the left flank putting in a number of impressive crosses.

Smith boasts real pace and certainly isn't afraid to get forward and attack. But it appears that the youngster can also produce a final ball too with some tempting deliveries that Divock Origi was close to connecting with.

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The performance earned many plaudits from the Liverpool fans but also the club captain Jordan Henderson, who was making his first start since August.

Oustanding

"He (Smith) was outstanding," Henderson said.

"He was brilliant going up and down the left flank. He was very dangerous and put in some good crosses."

In fact, Smith produced more crosses (six) than any other Liverpool player, a statistic that will boost his chances of making more appearances with strikers such as Origi and Christian Benteke crying out for more quality from wide positions.

The Australian had only made two appearance for the club before his 90 minutes in Switzerland, a cameo 30 minutes at Stamford Bridge in 2013 and a brief run-out against Southampton in this year's Capital One Cup, where he produced a magnificent cross for Origi's hat-trick goal.

Last year Smith started the season on loan to league one side Swindon, only to be re-called by his parent club after just seven matches.

Contract dispute

It looked as though Smith would be leaving the club last year when his contract expired and the player turned down a new deal. As he was under the age of 24, Liverpool were able to keep the registration for Smith and he eventually signed a new deal in October this year.

Just a few months ago it appeared Smith may well be leaving the club but now he is well and truely in Jurgen Klopp's plans. He will have to compete with current first choice left-back Alberto Moreno but it's clear that Smith isn't too far behind the Spaniard.

Pace, energy and a fantastic delivery, Smith has all the attributes needed to be a modern day left-back and, if given the chance, he can make a career for himself at Anfield.

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