Where Lewis Koumas ranks in Liverpool's youngest debut scorers

Lewis Koumas scored on his Liverpool debut against Southampton on Wednesday in the FA Cup. Is he the youngest debut scorer ever, though?

Lewis Koumas was given the nod on Wednesday as a depleted Liverpool hosted Southampton in the FA Cup. This was three days after the Carabao Cup final, of course - a final that went 120 minutes.

The Reds' injury crisis called Koumas into the XI and he started from the left of the front three, with Cody Gakpo and Harvey Elliott making up the rest. It was, of course, the biggest moment of the youngster's career - his first senior appearance.

But then things got even bigger as Koumas scored the opener just before half-time. Bobby Clark fed him the ball on the edge of the box and the forward was able to turn, take a touch and fire it into the net via a deflection.

Koumas only turned 18 in September and his goal makes him one of the youngest debut scorers in Liverpool's history. Fourth, to be precise.

Michael Reid listed the top 5 on Twitter, with Koumas scoring his goal at 18 years and 162 days. That narrowly puts him 'ahead' of Robbie Fowler, who was 18 years and 166 days when he scored on his Liverpool debut. Fowler was a prodigy as a teenager - his debut goal came in the first leg of an EFL Cup tie and he'd then score five in the second leg.

Ahead of Koumas is Jimmy Melia, who scored at 18 years and 46 days back in 1954. Melia went on to become a regular for Liverpool as they earned promotion from the Second Division and established themselves as a First Division side under Bill Shankly.

The second-youngest is Jordan Rossiter, who bagged on his debut in the EFL Cup at 17 years and 183. Rossiter ultimately failed to make the grade at Anfield and is now at Bristol Rovers.

Top of the list is, unsurprisingly, Michael Owen. Owen was one of the greatest teenage players in history - he scored a World Cup Knockout goal as an 18-year-old and won the Premier League Golden Boot at 19. We can only hope Koumas follows in those footsteps.

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