Liverpool- Liverpool fans have taken to social media to express their delight at Isaac Mabaya’s performance against Manchester United during pre-season on Tuesday.
The 17-year-old right-back who was a regular member of Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s under-18s side was handed his first senior start by manager Jurgen Klopp for the fixture in the Bangkok Century Cup against the Reds’ arch-rivals, Manchester United.
Despite making a mistake for Jadon Sancho’s opening goal, after he failed to clear the ball adequately, the youngster was quick to receive heaps of praise on social media as he showed signs of promise with his bursting runs down the channel and an impressive block to deny Marcus Rashford from close range.
17 year old Isaac Mabaya certainly looks the part for Liverpool early. #YNWA
— Ryan S. (@Schwiggler9) July 12, 2022
We can ignore the mistake, Isaac Mabaya has been quality.
— Harry 🇪🇺 (@Ifcharry) July 12, 2022
Isaac Mabaya looks like he could be another baller 👀
— Anything Liverpool (@AnythingLFC_) July 12, 2022
Isaac Mabaya 💥💥💥 skinning Luke Shaw already 🤣
— dɐɔʎןןoԀ (@PollyCrap_lfc) July 12, 2022
Liverpool fell to two goal deficit just before the half-hour mark which triggered Jurgen Klopp to make ten changes as aims to make the most out of all 37 members of his pre-season squad.
Despite the brief cameo, Mabaya will almost certainly get another chance to impress later in the week when the Reds face Premier League opponents Crystal Palace before embarking on a training camp to Austria.