Leighton Clarkson makes you marvel if there’s something Mohamed Salah cannot do to a world-class commonplace.
Clarkson, on his first pre-season coaching camp with Liverpool’s seniors, has been touted as one of the best table tennis players in the squad by Pep Lijnders.
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“I assumed I used to be good and got here right here pondering, ‘Yeah, I can beat anybody.’” the 19-year-old admits to Liverpoolfc.com. “But Mo is a special degree, he is in a league of his personal.
“I’ve seen Virg and Joe play, who look good however I’ve not performed them but. Trent and Curtis are the opposite ones I’d put in there, together with me. So I’d say us six are most likely the perfect. I’d say I’m round fourth.
“Last evening I performed Trent and it was fairly aggressive, to be truthful. He went and performed Mo after it and received beat and there was a bat that was smashed, so you possibly can perceive how aggressive it should be.”
More importantly, Clarkson feels his footballing potential has been significantly enhanced by coaching with Jürgen Klopp’s aspect in Austria and now France this summer time.
“I really feel each single day since I began up right here that I’ve improved daily,” the midfielder says.
“That comes from the supervisor, that comes from the gamers. Playing with higher gamers will get you higher as a participant. I really feel like I’m enhancing daily.
“The professionalism [the players show], they’re the gamers they’re for a motive.
“Everything off the pitch – akin to weight-reduction plan and the way they put together themselves earlier than matches and coaching classes – is unbelievable to see.
“I’ve been with the primary workforce for fairly some time however attending to know the gamers each single day, it is one thing that does not come round too typically. Obviously you pursue it and it’s simply good getting recommendation.”
The 2020-21 marketing campaign proved to be an necessary one for Clarkson’s growth.
Having educated persistently with the primary workforce, he earned his first Champions League look in December for the competition away at FC Midtjylland.
He displays: “I assumed final season was most likely a season that I wanted.
“I used to be coaching up right here, getting all the arrogance from the supervisor after which I used to be taking part in U23s video games – I assumed I did rather well in these video games.
“When I received the chance to play within the Champions League, it was only one I attempted to take and hopefully I did that.”
On his targets for the remainder of this pre-season, the Academy product concluded: “I’d simply say attempt to get as match as attainable for the season – I really feel that is all you are able to do.
“Obviously impress the boss and hopefully I will be in and round it.”
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