Liverpool FC: Could Giving Youth a Chance Be the Answer?

Craig DaviesContributor IIIMarch 9, 2012

Sterling celebrating scoring against Southend last year
Sterling celebrating scoring against Southend last yearClive Brunskill/Getty Images

Huge sums have been spent, goals have been hard to come by and for the large part (in the Premier League at least), results have been disappointing.

Since Kenny Dalglish took charge in January last year the club has gone through a huge overhaul, with the aim to return the club to the Champions League next season.

After last weeks home defeat to Arsenal that now looks unachievable, so with 12 games remaining could this be a chance to give some of the highly rated youth a run in the first team?

The likes of Suso, Conor Coady and Adam Morgan amongst others are highly thought of, but it is without doubt Raheem Sterling who holds the most promise.

At just 17-year-old he has already made huge inroads since joining from Queens Park Rangers in 2010, including making a first team appearance in a friendly defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach.

It has been widely documented the struggles that have been endured out wide, with a certain Stewart Downing looking far from convincing for such a hefty sum of money.

It is not beyond the realms of possibility that Sterling could do a job and at the very least earn the right to be an able back up next term, before stepping up, like is widely expected, in a season or two's time.

This could not only save time but also more expense.


Alternatively more money could be spent as we seek to narrow the gap to the top four, with the search for a decent winger heating up again.

Many names have been banded around, and no doubt many more will be before we have seen the season out.

It is illogical to suggest Dalglish will get rid of Downing just a year after splashing out, but at this stage of the season—with realistically just the FA Cup to play for, what can he lose?

Promoting from within seem a logical answer, and who knows, it could just be a decision that pays off in a big big way.