LIVERPOOL, England — Canadian teenager Alphonso Davies was on the Bayern Munich bench to start Tuesday’s Champions League round-of-16 game at Liverpool.
The 18-year-old midfielder has seen limited action as a substitute since joining the German powerhouse in a transfer from the Vancouver Whitecaps. The move, worth a then-MLS-record US$ 22 million, was consummated in July but Davies closed out the MLS season before joining Bayern in January.
Tuesday’s match is the first leg of the round-of-16 tie. The return leg is March 13 in Munich.
Born in a refugee camp in Ghana after his parents fled the Liberian civil war, Davies ended up in Edmonton after his family immigrated to Canada. He joined the Whitecaps’ residency program in 2015, working his way up the ranks to make his MLS debut in July 2016.
Davies, Canada’s male player of the year in 2018, has three goals in nine appearances for Canada.