Samed Yesil looking to establish himself at Liverpool

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Samed Yesil is ready to put his injury nightmares behind him and push for a place in the Liverpool first-team.

Yesil was one of Brendan Rodgers' first signings at Anfield and drafted the German in for £1 million at just 18 from Bayer Leverkusen in 2012.

Yesil has made two appearances for the first-team in the League Cup and Rodgers was ambitious of the striker being fast-tracked from limited to open age football in the early stages of his Liverpool career.

Things haven't quite worked out for Yesil, who's suffered a number of injuries at the Merseyside outfit and significantly holted his progress working his way to playing alongside Steven Gerrard and co.

However, the 20-year-old made his anticipated return for the U21s against Tottenham Hotspur and showed he's lost none of his goalscoring ability, scoring twice in the 3-1 victory.

Yesil is now set to feature in his first Merseyside derby against Everton U21s and admits his excitement too meet Liverpool's local rivals and is looking to progress into the first-team.

"It's always nice to be back playing and to score goals," he hold the club's official website.

"It was quite tough [against Tottenham] because it was a long time that I didn't start a game. I know that I wasn't ready to play 90 minutes but I'm sure against Everton I will be ready to play [the full game]. 

"I'm really excited because it's now three years and it's my first derby because I was out through injuries. 

"It's a great opportunity for us to play in a Premier League stadium and it's always a different feeling playing in front of so many supporters.

"It was really hard [to be out] because after the second [injury] I didn't know what to do," he continued.

"But I was lucky that I had good people around me and they gave me confidence to come back. It was amazing support from all the staff, from my teammates, from the physios, my friends and family. 

"They gave me confidence, they gave me motivation to come back and I think without them I might not have.

"I feel really sharp already but I know I'm not at 100 per cent. I'm sure there is more to come from me."


When Yesil signed for the Reds in August 2012, he was touted as one of the best prospects in Europe and Liverpool beat a host of top clubs for his signature.

His international record at youth level is outstanding as he's netted 20 goals from 21 games for Germany U17s and eight goals from seven matches for Germany U19s.

The Dusseldorf native has a natural ability to put the ball in the back of the net and showed that he lost none of that when making his return. His two goals against Tottenham were flawless finishes and he will be hoping to increase his tally from now until the end of the season.


There could be a strong possibility that Yesil makes his Premier League debut before the season is over. Liverpool sit fifth in the top flight, seven points behind Manchester United and a Champions League spot looks all but buried.

With Daniel Sturridge set to not make another appearance this term and Mario Balotelli's poor performances becoming frustrating to watch, Rodgers may want to test Yesil's ability at the top-level.

The Northern Irishman will no doubt be keeping a close eye on the match against Everton and on Yesil in particular. He is after all, nearing the end of his time playing youth football and will be hoping to establish himself as a key player in Rodgers' squad.

With Liverpool missing out on Champions League football and unlikely to be given a large transfer budget by Fenway Sports Group, the former Swansea City boss may have to make-do with what he's already got at Anfield.

During his time at the club, he's seen the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jon Flanagan and Jordan Ibe all progress into the ranks of the first-team after playing alongside them at the club's academy in the Kirkby region of the city.

If Yesil proves himself, he could well demand a regular place at Anfield.

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