LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 1, 2023: Liverpool's substitute Trey Nyoni during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Crystal Palace FC Under-21's and Liverpool FC Under-21's at the Crystal Palace Training Ground . (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Who is Trey Nyoni? The 16-year-old new face on Liverpool’s first-team bench

There is a new name on Liverpool’s bench for the clash with Brentford, and 16-year-old Trey Nyoni could become the club’s youngest-ever league debutant.

Liverpool confirmed their teamsheet for the latest Premier League fixture at 1pm on Sunday, with the average age of Jurgen Klopp‘s substitutes just 20 years old.

The youngest of those is Nyoni, who makes the first-team squad for the first time.

It comes just three months after the teenager completed a summer move from Leicester, as part of Liverpool’s ongoing focus on recruiting elite-level youngsters from the UK.

A versatile midfielder, Nyoni has largely spent his time as part of the U18s so far, though in recent weeks he has become a fixture at U21s level.

Trey Nyoni – 16, midfielder

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 25, 2023: Liverpool's Trey Nyoni during a training session at the AXA Training Centre ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Toulouse. (Photo by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Summer signing from Leicester; spent 10 years with the Foxes
  • Started with Liverpool U18s but quickly promoted to U21s
  • Training with first team, highly rated among senior staff
  • 4 goals, 5 assists in 10 games so far this season
  • Could become Liverpool’s youngest-ever league debutant

That has included back-to-back starts in the last two U21s games, with an assist for Mateusz Musialowski‘s wonderstrike in the 2-1 defeat to League Two side Barrow on Tuesday night.

In 10 games for the club’s academy sides so far this season, Nyoni has scored four goals and laid on five assists.

Nyoni has also trained regularly with the senior side, and has clearly caught the eye of Klopp and his staff in the process.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 23, 2023: Liverpool's Trey Nyoni (L) celebrates with team-mate substitute Francis Gyimah after scoring the winning second goal during the Under-18 Premier League North match between Liverpool FC Under-18's and Everton FC Under-18's, the Mini-Mini-Merseyside Derby, at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

He is very highly rated within the club, which vindicates his decision to turn down almost every other top club in England in favour of a move to Merseyside.

If he comes on, Nyoni would become Liverpool’s youngest-ever league debutant at 16 years, four months and 13 days, breaking the record currently held by Jack Robinson.

The club’s youngest-ever player across all competitions remains Jerome Sinclair, who debuted in the League Cup just six days after his 16th birthday in 2012.

Liverpool’s Trey Nyoni battles for the ball with Monaco’s Yhan Okoli © Propaganda Photo 2023

While Nyoni’s inclusion in the matchday squad against Brentford is enforced by injuries to the likes of Curtis Jones and Ryan Gravenberch, there is a firm belief in his ability and potential.

He is capable of playing in a variety of roles in midfield, and has showcased his fine range of passing, smart interplay and work rate off the ball since joining.

Such is the surprise over his involvement vs. Brentford, however, that the teenager was not even included on the back of Liverpool’s official matchday programme.