- LocationDusseldorf, Germany
- Squad Number36
Samed Yesil is one of Germany’s most promising young strikers.
Brendan Rodgers secured the teenager’s services from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2012.
Born into a Turkish family in Dusseldorf, the striker was earmarked as an exciting prospect following a series of impressive performances at the U17 World Cup in 2011.
Yesil cut his teeth as a youngster with local clubs CfR Links and BV 04 Dusseldorf before joining Bundesliga heavyweights Leverkusen in 2005, where he would remain for seven years.
A prolific scorer among the youth divisions in his home country, Yesil’s reputation grew with each goal and teammates began to nickname the prodigy ‘Gerd’ after the legendary German striker Gerd Muller.
Promoted rapidly through the youth ranks of the German national set-up, it was for the U17 team under former Tottenham midfielder Steffen Freund that Yesil began to make a serious mark.
Three goals at the U17 European Championship in May 2011 helped Germany secure second place but were merely a precursor to a sensational three weeks at the U17 World Cup the following month.
Beginning the tournament with a brace in a 6-1 victory over Ecuador, Yesil was a star turn in Mexico throughout the competition. The attacker was on target again as USA were eliminated in the last 16.
England fans may have had their first glimpse of him in the subsequent quarter-final as the striker left a lasting impression, tapping home from close range twice as the Germans ran out 3-2 winners.
His sixth goal arrived during their semi-final defeat by hosts Mexico, who would go on to win the tournament, but Freund’s youngsters capped a strong campaign by claiming third place.
With Leverkusen suffering a turbulent season in 2011-12, first-team chances were scarce for Yesil, who had stayed with the Bundesliga side during the summer despite reported interest from a host of European clubs.
But a managerial change in April 2012 – which involved former Red Sami Hyypia taking the reins – saw the then 17-year-old make his debut as a substitute against Hertha Berlin.
It would prove to be Yesil’s only appearance for the German side, as Rodgers identified the striker as an ideal candidate to join his project at Anfield.
The teenager made his Liverpool debut as a substitute in a League Cup match at West Brom on September 26, 2012.
Sadly though injury has since hampered the prodigy’s progress through the Anfield ranks, as two anterior cruciate ligament injuries have kept him away from the pitch.
When injuries have allowed though, Yesil has shown himself to be a deadly finisher for the U21s, and Reds fans will hope that the youngster will get the chance to show what he can do.