By Scott Taylor
Toni Gomes is set to sign his first professional contract with Liverpool after impressing in the 2015/16 season. The striker, 17, joined the Reds at the start of 2015, progressing from the U17s to the U18s squad. After scoring over 15 goals in his first full season with Neil Critchley’s U18s, he is set to be rewarded with a professional contract with the club.
Gomes was initially scouted by Liverpool when playing in Lisbon, after moving from his native Guinea-Bissau to join his father in Portugal.
The highly-rated prospect made his breakthrough with the Reds whilst playing for the U17s in the Frenz International Cup, the same tournament where current Liverpool midfielder Allan de Sousa impressed.
Gomes quickly became a regular in the U18s at the start of the 2015/16 season, and formed an excellent partnership with Ben Woodburn and Yan Dhanda as a front three.
The trio fired Liverpool to third in the U18 Premier League scoring 45 goals in the process before Critchley’s side finished four in the play-off stage.
Gomes’ performances earned him a debut for the U21s, where he came on as a second half substitute in the 1-0 loss at Sunderland in October.
He then made his first start for Michael Beale’s side in the 5-0 loss at home to Southampton, and he will be looking to build on his two appearances for the U21s.
Gomes also has represented Portugal, most recently featuring for their U18s last month.
The U21s will travel to Germany, Wales and Scotland in pre-season and Gomes would be looking to feature and replace the outgoing Jerome Sinclair, who signed a five-year deal with Watford.