Owen Beck relishing advice from Ian Rush as he remains alert to LFC opportunities – Liverpool FC
Liverpool youngster Owen Beck appreciates the help his great-uncle Ian Rush gave him on his trip to Anfield.
Great Welshman Rush, Liverpool’s all-time top scorer with 346 goals and Premier League club ambassador, is the brother of Beck’s grandmother Carole.
Beck, 19, who played for Liverpool in the preseason, now hopes to emulate Rush by establishing himself for club and country.
“As soon as I started playing football he gave me advice and I talk to him a lot,” left-back Beck said of his relationship with Rush while on duty in the Country. Wales Under-21s this week.
“He did it himself and he knows what to say. It certainly helped me on my journey.
“He was a forward and I’m a full-back, so in terms of position it’s different, but the advice he gives more is more mental.
“Her main advice is to work hard and never give up. You need to be focused every day to train alongside the best players. “
Beck started at Stoke before his childhood club caught him at the age of 13 and signed his first professional contract in the summer of 2020.
After spending last season with the Reds Under-23 squad, Flint’s product progress was rewarded with a five-year contract in July and a place in Liverpool’s pre-season plans.
Beck appeared in friendly matches at the Austrian and French training camps, then faced Spanish pair Athletic Bilbao and Osasuna at Anfield.
“It was a proud moment, to get so many minutes that I was very happy,” Beck said.
“The games at Anfield were one of the first with the fans coming back and it was a great experience ahead of them.
“One of them was even on my birthday, but I don’t think the manager (Jurgen Klopp) knew that until the game.
“I enjoyed playing alongside Virgil Van Dijk and it’s great to train with Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas.
“They are world class full-backs and just putting pieces of their game into mine is going to make me a better player.
“You have high expectations to live up to these days and the modern full-back has to go forward and defend. “
Beck’s next test is for Wales Under-21s in Bulgaria on Tuesday.
Wales were held in check at home by Moldova in their first qualifying match for the 2023 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in June.
“We have to be on this all week,” Beck said. “We have to put everything in place to get the three points. “