LIVERPOOL FC are ready to reward Andre Wisdom for his first-team breakthrough by offering the teenage defender a new contract.
Wisdom has proven a success since being thrust into the senior side in September by Anfield manager Brendan Rodgers.
The 19-year-old right-back scored on his debut in the Europa League in Berne against Young Boys and made 12 starts before suffering a knee injury in the return match last month.
Wisdom is one of several youngsters to have come through the ranks this season, with Liverpool keen to reward the fledgling talents for their progress.
Club officials are already in negotiations with England international Raheem Sterling over a significantly-improved contract, while Spanish schemer Suso has already penned a long-term deal.
Wisdom, who has returned to fitness, will be vying for a place in the squad for Saturday’s Premier League visit of struggling Aston Villa.
The youngster’s place in defence has been taken by Jose Enrique, who has been voted Liverpool’s Player of the Month for November after impressing both in his usual left-back role and as a more advanced left winger.
Enrique netted his first goal for the club during the month in the 3-0 home win over Wigan Athletic, and said: "I feel good – it is the first time I have won the award at the club and it is a pleasure. I hope I can continue my form. It was OK playing in midfield. I feel comfortable there, although I prefer to play as a left-back as it is my position. But if I have to play there again, it is not a problem. I have always been an attacking full-back, so the new position is just more attacking than defending, so I feel good there.
"I want to say thank-you very much to the supporters who voted for me. I hope I can continue to play like this and try to help the team as much as I can."