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Liverpool faith in exciting teenage winger underlined as starlet signs new contract

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Liverpool announced this morning that 19-year-old highly-rated youth prospect Abdi Sharif has signed an extension to his current deal, just months after signing his first professional contract at the club.

Abdi Sharif interviewed

Sharif has been missing for the entirety of this season with a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury which he suffered during pre-season last summer, and so he has not played at all competitively since signing his first contract with the club.

That Liverpool have already offered him an extension, then, underlines just how highly-rated the Toxteth-born winger is.

Fresh from winning the FA Youth Cup with Liverpool’s under-18s last season, Sharif had signed his first professional contract with the Reds at the age of 18 back in June 2019.

Just 27 days later, he suffered the injury blow, which he was told at the time would keep him out for around nine months.

Ten months later almost to the day, Sharif is continuing his rehabilitation, which has been led by lead Academy physiotherapist Paul Kelly, and he should be back playing again ahead of the new Academy campaign, where he will line up for the Reds’ under-23s.

Upon putting pen to paper on his new deal, Sharif told Liverpool’s official website : “It meant the world to me, signing a new extension.

“I don’t think you get the opportunity to play for an amazing football club like Liverpool too often, so I was excited to sign.

“The staff that’s been around me throughout my injury, I can’t thank them enough, there’s so many to name.

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PICTURES: Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell join Chelsea training

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Chelsea returned to training today (Wednesday) at Cobham, and there were two new faces joining the rest of the squad, Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell. The two summer arrivals had yet to train with the squad since signing, dealing with quarantine (presumably) and heel injury issues, respectively.

It’s unclear if either will be fit and ready for this weekend’s match against Liverpool, but it’s still nice to see them in training with the rest of the group! (Those who played on Monday apparently had a lighter session, but were all out there nonetheless.)

There’s no word on how close Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic may be. Ziyech is probably still a couple weeks out with his knee problem, at least, but Pulisic was supposed to be close before suffering a potential setback with his hamstring late last week. Neither were pictured in training, and one would assume their presence would get emphasized had they been there.

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Pointing the way Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

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