By Scott Taylor
Cameron Brannagan has reportedly been scouted by FC Barcelona as the La Liga giants re-ignite their interest in the Liverpool U21 midfielder. Brannagan, 19, has rose through the ranks at the Kirkby Academy, making his first-team debut in September 2015. Scouts from Barcelona were at Liverpool U21s’ 2-0 win at Leicester on Monday evening to watch Brannagan, and have been monitoring his progress.
Interest in the attacking midfielder first arose in May 2014, when Brannagan first broke into the Liverpool first team, during the 4-0 win over Shamrock Rovers in the end of the 2013/14 season.
Speculation ended when Brannagan signed his first professional contract with the Reds in November 2013, after breaking into the U21 side. The Barcelona scouting team have however continued to monitor his progress in the Liverpool U21s side, where has made 50 appearances, scoring nine goals.
Brannagan has also played in the UEFA Youth League, playing against Barcelona’s great rivals Real Madrid, which is where the Catalan side first scouted the midfielder. In his five appearances for Liverpool U19s, he scored twice in just five appearances.
After joining the Reds at U9 level, Brannagan made his long-awaited first team debut in September 2015, coming on as a second-half substitute in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw against Bordeaux in the Europa League.
He made first start for the Merseyside club a month later in the victory over Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup last 16. Brannagan followed up this with impressive performances in the FA Cup, playing in both legs against Exeter before making a stand-out performance in the goalless draw at home to West Ham, impressing Hammers boss Slaven Bilic.
Next season promises to be another good season for Jurgen Klopp’s side, as he looks to be given more opportunities in the first team. However, Barcelona have continued to show interest in the starlet, and it is not yet known whether they will make an approach for the midfielder.
If they do, it will cost the La Liga side, as Brannagan recently signed a new two-year deal back in November, keeping him at Anfield until June 2018.