“A new contract and training here in Austria – it’s been a brilliant week”
Owen Beck is eager to impress at Liverpool’s pre-season training camp after signing a new contract with the club.
Teenage left-back put pen to paper new long term deal before flying to Austria with a 34-man squad that includes first-team stars and Academy prospects.
Beck – an 18-year-old who impressed in his debut season with the Reds’ U23s last season – reflected on a memorable week and revealed he benefits from James Milner’s guidance during an interview with Liverpoolfc. com after Wednesday morning. session in the state of Salzburg.
Read on for our chat with the Wales Youth International…
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Owen, you signed a new long term contract a few days ago and now you are at the first team pre-season training camp here in Austria. It hasn’t been a bad week for you, has it?
No, it was awesome. I am happy to sign a long term contract here and even though it is a long term contract I will keep pushing as hard as I can to win the next one and keep doing my best to progress in my career.
Was the decision to sign a new agreement easy?
It was easy. I am happy to sign long term especially [because] I know the club are interested in me and I am happy to sign. I’m just going to keep working hard now.
What do you want to accomplish during your new contract?
I just wanna do whatever I can to get into the first team, really. Just keep on wowing every opportunity I get, working hard, and doing whatever I can.
You had a solid first season with U23 last season and you also got your first call-up for U21 Wales squad, so what are your goals for 2021-2022?
If I play U23 just keep going for goals, assists, clean sheets [and] continue to do whatever I can to help the team. For Wales, I just hope to be called back to U21 and keep moving forward to the first team.
How much do you like being here at the training camp in Austria?
I appreciate it very much. With all the boys it’s nice to meet up – especially in another country and get away from it all. The training is tough because it’s preseason, you have to work the legs and everything, but overall we had a good first few days and I can’t wait to continue.
Do you see this as a huge opportunity to learn a lot from the senior players who are here, as well as the coaching staff of the first team?
Yeah absolutely. I feel like every day that we train is a chance to impress the coaches and with the players, it’s always going to be difficult with the amount of talent everyone has here, but playing with them is also a strength, so it’s been good so far.
Are there any particular senior players you have received advice from?
The likes of Milner and team leaders: they help you when you are on their side, they talk to you and they keep you informed. And if you do something wrong they won’t understand you, they will just tell you politely and it will give you a huge boost in confidence.
Finally, is there someone on the team that you are particularly looking for in terms of learning? There is so much experience in the group here …
Yeah absolutely. The likes of Virgil van Dijk and James Milner, and then obviously Kostas Tsimikas – he plays for me so I’m going to keep watching what he does, and what he does that can improve my game.