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In Profile: Herbie Kane

03 January 2020
An energetic box-to-box midfielder at his best when able to overlap and support attacking moves, Herbie Kane is a real goal threat from both long-range and in the penalty area. His passing game is crisp and economical, while he is not one to shirk a challenge in the middle of the park either.

He first arrived at Anfield as a 14-year-old from Bristol City after Liverpool fought off competition from Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal to sign him.

Kane played in the Liverpool youth side managed by Steven Gerrard and was identified in the Reds legend’s autobiography, along with Trent Alexander-Arnold, as a player who could go all the way to the top.

He enjoyed an excellent 2017/18 campaign at U23s level and for the Reds’ U19s in the UEFA Youth League under Gerrard, with his performances earning him a nomination for the 2018 Golden Boy award alongside Liverpool team-mates Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn.

Bristol-born Kane continued his progression in 2018/19 with a season-long loan spell at League One Doncaster Rovers, where he worked under current Tigers Head Coach Grant McCann. He shone in the third tier of English football, racking up 49 senior appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals and providing ten assists in what proved to be a more than beneficial spell in South Yorkshire.

Reflecting on his time at Rovers following the end of the previous campaign, Kane said: “I’ve loved every minute and will always remember my time here. The fans have been excellent and bought into my style of play which I’m grateful for. I’ve matured as a person as well as a player while I’ve been here, the players around me have helped me develop on and off the pitch.”

His progress and development were rewarded by his parent club midway through the 2018/19 campaign when he was handed a new four-year deal at Anfield – and was a surprise inclusion in the Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League squad for 2019/20.

A senior debut for the Reds came earlier this season when he featured for the final eight minutes of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup victory over MK Dons in September. His first start followed last month, when he played the full 90 minutes against Aston Villa in the same competition.

Loan moves to the Tigers from Liverpool proved fruitful for both Lazar Markovic and Harry Wilson in 2016/17 and 2017/18 respectively, and Kane will be hoping to follow in their footsteps at the KCOM Stadium in the second half of the current campaign.

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