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Sokolik, Jakub

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by Dave Usher


Date of Birth - 28/08/93

Nationality - Czech

Position - Centre back

Squad Number -

Cost - Undisclosed

Club Hons (Lpool) -

Intnl Hons - Czech Republic youth caps

Other Clubs - Banik Ostrava



Signed in the summer of 2009 as a 16 year old from Banik Ostrava in the Czech Republic (the same club from which the reds snapped up Milan Baros), Jakub found things difficult early on at Liverpool and couldn't seem to get a game for either the reserves or the u18 side.


His first appearance for the club came late in the 2009/10 season when he was drafted into the reserve side for a game against Everton at the end of April. It was a big test for the youngster but he came through with flying colours with a man of the match display against the physical Victor Anichebe. He came on as a sub in the next game, meaning he played in only two games at either reserve or u18 level that season.


In 2010/11 he was barely seen at any level, and the following year was going the same way until the back end of the season when he was involved in a few u18 games. He's a physical player who's style of play is somewhat reminiscent of Martin Skrtel. He has done well in the limited opportunities he has had, which makes it puzzling why he has not featured more often, especially at Academy level.


2012/13 is the final year of Jakub's contract and he will need to force himself into the reserve side on a regular basis if he is to extend his stay at the club he supported as a boy.

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