Rainhill High School has offered its congratulations to former sixth form students Curtis Jones and Rafael Camacho who made their first team debuts for Liverpool FC last month.
The FA Cup tie at Wolverhampton Wanderers ended in a 2-1 defeat for Jurgen Klopp’s reshuffled side, but the occasion was a thrill for both players.
“It was a big thing for me” midfielder Curtis told Liverpoolfc.com. “As a 17-year-old boy coming from Liverpool, it’s every kid’s dream being a footballer and going out there and playing for Liverpool. To do that at 17 is a massive achievement for me and I’m absolutely buzzing.”
Defender Rafael also made his Premier League debut in January, coming on as a substitute in the crucial 4-3 victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield. In the dying seconds the 18-year-old made a vital tackle on Wilfried Zaha in the penalty area, described by his manager Klopp as “the most important challenge of his life”.
Rainhill High School Executive Principal, John Pout says:
“These are exciting times for Liverpool FC, and we’re delighted to see Curtis and Rafa becoming part of the story. We’re proud of the pair of them and we’re proud too of the relationship we have with Liverpool FC.”
Rainhill High School and Liverpool FC have had a formal partnership for more than 10 years. The school has helped nurture eight first team players including England’s Raheem Sterling and Trent Alexander-Arnold.