‘I will prove that they are mistaken’: Liverpool starlet Rafa Camacho hits out at Reds coaching staff for playing him at right back after he nets hat-trick in Under-23s win over Leicester
- Rafa Camacho bagged a hat-trick for Liverpool Under 23s on Sunday afternoon
- The 18-year-old played on the right of a front three and Reds reaped the rewards
- In his two first-team appearances, Jurgen Klopp deployed him at right back
- But following his three-goal display, a defiant Camacho hit out at coaching staff
- He wrote on Instagram: ‘I’m not a defender, I’m an attacker who scores goals’
Liverpool youngster Rafa Camacho has posted a thinly-veiled dig at the club’s coaching staff for playing him out of position.
Camacho, who on Sunday scored a hat-trick for Liverpool’s Under 23s against Leicester, turned out for Jurgen Klopp’s first team back in January, coming on at right back in the 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace in his only Premier League appearance.
Klopp also used Camacho in his only other senior outing, an FA Cup third-round defeat by Wolves also at the start of the year.
Rafa Camacho has posted a thinly-veiled dig at the club’s coaching staff after hitting a hat-trick
Jurgen Klopp earlier in the season played Camacho at right back, which frustrated the player
But the 18-year-old winger grabbed the headlines on Sunday, scoring half of Liverpool’s goals in the 6-0 rout of Leicester, playing on the right-hand side of a front three.
And following his impressive display against the Foxes, he hit out at the Liverpool hierarchy for playing him out of position.
‘I do not know whose idea it is, but I will prove that they are mistaken about my football,’ he wrote on Instagram.
‘I’m not a right defender, I’m an attacker who scores goals. This is my DNA.
‘Happy to score 3 goals and help the team in today’s win vs Leicester.’
Rhian Brewster, who also featured for the young Reds on Sunday, replied to Camacho’s post with five crying laughing face emojis.
Camacho’s comments appear to be borne out of frustration following not only his first-team appearances, but the comments made by Klopp following the game against Palace.
Fellow Reds youngster Rhian Brewster responded to the post with laughing crying face emojis
The Reds boss cited Andrew Robertson as a prime example of a winger who has the attributes of an attacking player but has been moulded into a supreme talent at wing back.
‘He [Camacho] is good in defensive challenges,’ Klopp said back in January.
‘He’s an offensive player in his mindset and everything but look at our full-backs and where are they most of the time? You need these offensive skills.’
‘It is the learning process Robbo [Robertson] went through. He was a fantastic left-winger but played full-back and now he is a full-back. That’s really cool.
‘I was really happy in that moment but I have seen similar situations from him (Camacho) before.’
Camacho will hope to continue catching the eye of the senior coaching staff with more impressive displays in front of goal this season.
He has nine goals and eight assists in the 18 outings for the youth team this campaign.
Klopp cited Andrew Robertson as an example of a winger who has become a great wing back
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