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Stephen Sama
SSama
Personal information
Date of Birth

5 March 1993

Place of Birth

Cameroon

Height

1.88m (6'2")

Position

Defender

Liverpool statistics
Squad no.

45

Years

2009-2014

Appearances

0

Goals

0

Stephen Sama (born 5 March 1993) is a Cameroonian-born German footballer who played for Liverpool F.C.- mostly based with the Under 21s- as a central defender.

Liverpool careerEdit

Sama was signed by Liverpool as a 16 year old in the summer of 2009 from Borussia Dortmund on a two year deal. He is regarded as a strong, athletic player with a penchant for passing and possesses a fearsome strike. He progressed to become a key player for the Academy, and in the 2010-11 season, he led the Under 18s appearances chart, clocking up 32 games, none of which were as a substitute. He scored 2 goals in the campaign. On 1 July 2011, Sama, along with other highly rated Academy players Adam Morgan and Tyrell Belford signed a new contract that will keep him at Anfield until June 2014.

After excelling for the Academy, Sama made his first-team debut on 1 August 2011 in a 3-3 draw against Valerenga in a pre-season friendly. He was made a full-time member of the Reserves for the 2011-12 season, during which he racked up 26 appearances, which included seven in the NextGen Series. In July 2012, new manager Brendan Rodgers brought Sama and a handful of the club's other brightest young talents on the first team's pre season tour of the USA. He played the first half of the 1-1 draw against Toronto alongside Jamie Carragher, putting in a good, assured display. Sama also featured in the games against Roma and Spurs, again impressing in both.

After the tour, Sama returned to Merseyside as part of the Under 21 squad. He received his first competitive call up to the first team squad on 26 September 2012 for an away match against West Brom in the League Cup. Sama was an unused substitute for the match, but retained the first team squad number 45 for the 2012-13 season. Sama continued as an integral member of the U21 squad, racking up 30 appearances. His season was souered however by some high-profile red cards- most notably early in the match against Manchester United on 14 May 2013 in the semi-final of the Premier Reserve League, which Liverpool went on to lose 3-0.

In the 2013-14 season, Sama made eight appearances for the U21s and was given the opportunity to be involved in first team affairs at Melwood by Brendan Rodgers. Sama was however unable to convince the club of his first team credentials, and he was released in May 2014.

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