Liverpool trio nominated for 2019 European Golden Boy award

15 June 2019

The nominees for the coveted Golden Boy award have been released for 2019 and three Liverpool candidates are on the 100-strong shortlist.


Italian outlet Tuttosport release the nominations for the award each year, for the best-rated under-21 talent on the planet.

The names in the running for the 2019 edition have now been confirmed, with a whole clutch of talented names hoping to succeed Matthijs de Ligt in winning the award.

Journalists from such publications as Marca, Bild, the Telegraph, A Bola and more will vote on the winner, while fans can also vote for their own online version of the award.

Last year, three young Reds were nominated—Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Herbie Kane—and this time around it’s the same number, but two different players included.

Woodburn is heralded in the nominations for a second year running, despite not having the best of seasons with his loan move to Sheffield United being terminated early.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 6, 2019: Liverpool's Ben Woodburn during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Chelsea at the Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The other two are new faces to the nominations list: striker Rhian Brewster and goalkeeper Kamil Grabara.

Brewster has yet to make his senior debut for Liverpool, though that has merely been delayed by injury.

A lengthy rehabilitation has put his progress on hold, but there’s no doubt he’ll be involved next season after regaining fitness.

Grabara is a hugely confident young stopper who has recently been busy gathering his first experience of senior football, on loan in Denmark with AGF.

The Polish stopper briefly featured in pre-season for the Reds, though is also yet to make his competitive debut under Jurgen Klopp.

BURY, ENGLAND - Saturday, July 14, 2018: Liverpool's goalkeeper Kamil Grabara during a preseason friendly match between Bury FC and Liverpool FC at Gigg Lane. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Other notable names in the running are Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior, Barcelona-bound Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, Benfica forward Joao Felix and current holder of the award, Ajax centre-back De Ligt.

Former winners include Kylian Mbappe, Sergio Aguero and Lionel Messi.

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