Jake Cain, a Liverpool academy graduate, has expressed his disappointment at being left out of the Reds’ pre-season squad, claiming he had done all that was asked of him.
Cain, aged 20, was loaned out to League Two side Newport County for the 2021–22 season.The midfielder played 28 games for Newport in all competitions and recorded two assists.
For the team’s pre-season tour of the Far East, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called up 12 academy players, but Cain was not one of them despite having a productive loan spell.
Cain opened up about his disappointment at not being able to show his quality to the first-team coaches. He said:
“I can’t lie, I was disappointed. I thought I had a good loan, I did what was asked of me, and I thought I could come back and show the first team what I can do.
“They’re the best team in Europe, so I know it’s going to be very difficult to push for a place in the team, but I thought I might have been able to go on the tour, show what I can do and see what the first-team coaches said. So, yeah, it was disappointing.”
The central midfielder, who made his senior squad debut for Liverpool in the FA Cup during the 2019–20 campaign, is on the lookout for “men’s football.” Although he is currently with Liverpool’s U21’s, but he desires to go out on loan. He added:
“I’m ready for another challenge. I need to go on loan again, I need men’s football, and I feel now that I’ll be ready to hit the ground running when the opportunity comes. I know that I’m ready.”
Jake Cain wants to follow in Liverpool star James Milner’s footsteps
James Milner, is highly praised as one of the Premier League’s most hard working and versatile players. The Englishman has done it all, from putting in a solid effort as a full-back to suffocating the opposition as a midfielder.
Cain, who is counting on his versatility to become an asset to his future coaches, appears to look up to Milner and has his sights set on becoming the next him. When asked about his preferred position,
Cain told Goal:
“I’ll be a James Milner! [laughs]. I can probably play anywhere except centre-half, to be honest.
“I think my best position is as a No.10, playing behind the striker, getting creative, playing through balls. I think my weight of pass is good, I can get a shot off, I can score goals, I’m a set-piece taker.”
He concluded by saying:
“But I like to think I’ve got a good engine as well, if I need to be a box-to-box midfielder. I can get up and down, I can press, attack, defend. I feel I’ve got a lot in my locker. The more versatile you are, the more opportunities you can get. Managers see that as an asset, and that’s what you want.”