Sport Leighton Clarkson Shares Preseason Liverpool Table Tennis Update

13:52  03 august  2021
13:52  03 august  2021 Source:   sbnation.com

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Leighton Clarkson has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool FC. The 18-year-old midfielder made his senior debut for the Reds as a substitute in the Carabao Cup quarter-final against Aston Villa last December. He went on to make his first start for the club in the FA Cup fourth-round victory over Shrewsbury Town in front of a crowd of more He has regularly trained at Melwood with the first team in recent months and scored at Anfield when the Reds beat Blackburn Rovers in a friendly before the season restarted. Lancashire-born, Clarkson has been training at the Academy since the age of seven.

Leighton Clarkson first arrived at Liverpool 's Academy at the age of six and signed a new long-term contract in July 2020. A creative midfielder who hails from Clitheroe in Lancashire, he has a good range of passing and has excellent delivery from set-pieces. Leighton made his U18s debut as an U16 player in 2017-18 and is Leighton made his senior debut for the club when he came off the bench at Aston Villa in the League Cup in December 2019, and then made his first start in the FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Shrewsbury Town at Anfield. Click here to read more about Clarkson 's senior debut.

Leighton Clarkson, the 19-year-old midfielder who was brought to preseason with the first team, was considered one of the best table tennis players of the whole bunch. But even Clarkson has to admit that there’s someone better than him with a paddle.

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“I thought I was good and came here thinking, ‘Yeah, I can beat anyone,’” he boasted. “But Mo is a different level, he’s in a league of his own.”

It’s no surprise that Salah excels even in this area. Along with Salah, Clarkson also rates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones as the top of the players on the team.

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It'll be no surprise for regular viewers of Liverpool 's Academy sides to hear Leighton Clarkson prefers assisting a goal over scoring one himself. Both the U18s and U23s consistently made use of Clarkson 's pinpoint deliveries into dangerous areas throughout the course of the 2019-20 season . They are skills the midfielder has possessed from an early age, though honed with the help of Steven Gerrard during his time within the Kirkby set-up.

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“I’ve seen Virg and Joe play, who look good but I’ve not played them yet. Trent and Curtis are the other ones I’d put in there, including me. So I’d say us six are probably the best. I’d say I’m around fourth.”

And if you thought that the table tennis ritual was a chill way to let off steam, think again. Once a competitor, always a competitor, and Clarkson admits that this is very serious business.

“Last night I played Trent and it was quite competitive, to be fair. He went and played Mo after it and got beat and there was a bat that was smashed, so you can understand how competitive it must be.”

We need that level of intensity in a few weeks when the Reds start their Premier League season.

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