By Scott Taylor
Andrew Firth is currently on trial at Championship side Huddersfield ahead of a potential move from Premier League side Liverpool. The U21 goalkeeper, 19, enjoyed a loan spell with Northern Premier League Premier Division side Witton Albion earlier in the season, where he played for three months. As game time is few are far between for Liverpool, Firth looks to impress with Huddersfield as his future looks to lie away from Melwood.
Firth saved a penalty in Huddersfield’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon, but this wasn’t the first time the goalkeeper had played for the Terriers. He kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 victory over Birmingham CIty at the start of the month, which has helped them rise to second in the Professional Development League Two North table. Despite the defeat, Huddersfield remain two points behind the leaders Sheffield United, but do have at least two games in hand over the Blades.
After becoming a regular in Neil Critchley’s Liverpool U18s over recent seasons, Firth made the step up to the U21s at the start of the season. However, the goalkeeper has featured just once this season, that coming in the 2-1 defeat at Reading on 24 August 2015. He has also been on Michael Beale’s bench 15 times this season, most recently in the 5-0 defeat at home to Southampton on 20 March.
Firth does have European experience though, featuring for the U19s in the UEFA Youth League, Europe’s elite competition for youngsters. He kept a clean sheet in his sole game for Critchley’s side, that coming in the 4-0 win at home to Ludogorets in September 2014. He was on the bench for the remaining six games against teams such as Real Madrid and FC Basel.
It is not known whether Huddersfield will take Firth on after his trial, but he has done his chances no harm with two very good performances for the Terriers.