Liverpool FC: Top 5 Youngsters at the Academy
Since the promotion of Steven Gerrard to the first team back in the late 90s, the Reds have been waiting for a new Scouser who would become the next club legend.
The likes of Martin Kelly and Jay Spearing were promoted from the academy since then, but it appears obvious they don't have what it takes to become the next club legend.
Here, we will see the possible candidates for such a great feat.
5. Andre Wisdom
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Wisdom is a strong, robust defender who can also play in the centre of the midfield.
The Leeds-born defender was signed from Bradford City at the age of 14 in January 2008. He progressed through the Liverpool academy setup and became an established member of the under-18s, with whom he reached the 2009 FA Youth Cup final.
Wisdom was named in a competitive squad for the first time in a League Cup tie with Northampton on Sept. 22, 2010.
We will have to see whether Wisdom, 18, develops into a Premier League-class player, but if he continues to progress along the same lines that he has, he will definitely have a great future in the senior game.
4. Conor Coady
Coady has been often compared to Steven Gerrard due to the similarities in their styles of play. Many see him as a natural-born leader and a potential future successor to the Liverpool captaincy.
Coady, only 18 years old, isn't exactly known for goal-getting and is more comfortable playing in either a defensive or central midfield role.
He has recently become a more regular fixture of the Liverpool reserve team, having captained the U-18s for the past few seasons.
A strong tackler who always plays with plenty of menace and determination, he is comfortable in possession and has the capacity to hit the occasional shot from range, too.
He made his senior team debut on July 13, 2011, against Chinese team Guangdong Sunray Cave and even managed to get on the scoresheet.
His goal against Guangdong Sunray Cave FC can be seen in the video.
3. Adam Morgan
As a local boy, and being a left-footed striker at Liverpool, it's perhaps no surprise that Morgan's hero is Robbie Fowler.
Morgan's last season form has earned him international honours and promotion to Liverpool's reserve team.
He scored 21 goals for Liverpool's Academy team in 2010/11, as the Reds finished runners up to Everton in their division, as well as three goals in four games in the 2011 FA Youth Cup.
On July 1, 2011, it was announced that Morgan had signed a contract extension at Anfield to keep him at the club until June 2014.
The video shows the highlights of the game against Molde, with the youngster coming off the bench to score a brace.
2. Jesús Fernández Sáez Suso
Suso is a left-sided midfielder who can also play as a striker. His shooting ability is great, and his vision and passing are simply outstanding.
At the age of 16, he appeared as a late substitute in the first-team's preseason friendly against Borussia Moenchengladbach.
No doubt in my mind, Liverpool have signed one for the future when they secured the services of the youngster.
You can see his passing abilities in the video.
1. Raheem Sterling
Raheem Shaquille Sterling is an English-Jamaican footballer who plays mainly as a winger.
Arguably the most talked-about player at the Academy, he was signed from QPR in February 2010. Lightning quick, Sterling is rated as high as Wayne Rooney was at this age.
At the tender age of 15, he was rewarded with a substitute appearance in the first-team's preseason friendly match against Borussia Moenchengladbach. The highlight of his career so far was the game against Southend, when he scored five goals.
The video shows five goals the youngster scored in the trashing of Southend.
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That's it. Those five players represent the future of Liverpool Football Club. To be honest with you, I think the future looks really bright for the red side of Merseyside.
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