By Scott Taylor
Kane Lewis and Andy Firth are the latest Liverpool youngsters to sign professional contracts with the club. Lewis, 18, has been a regular for Neil Critchley’s U18s this season, with the full-back making 30 appearances in the 2015/16 season. Firth, 19, will enter his tenth season with the Reds, graduating from the U18s to the U21s last season, but he made just two appearances.
Lewis joined the Reds in the summer of 2014 from Championship side Brentford, and predominantly plays at right-back, but did feature at left-back throughout the season.
Lewis’ contract opens the way for Trent Alexander-Arnold to make the step up to U21 level to compete with Connor Randall.
With Danny Ward set to join Huddersfield Town on a season-long loan, and Ryan Fulton publicly expressing his desire to go back out on loan, it seems Firth with compete with Shamal George for the number one jersey in Michael Beale’s U21s.
Firth spent three months of last season at non-league side Witton Albion, before returning to Melwood at the end of the season.
The goalkeeper has European experience as well, featuring in the UEFA Youth League, keeping a clean sheet in his one and only game for Liverpool U19s.
The new deals come just a few weeks after both players were put on the released list published by the Premier League.
Liverpool’s U21s and U18s returned to pre-season training this week as they look to build on another successful season at Kirkby.