Liverpool are entering a new phase of their history with Brendan Rodgers at the helm, having been handpicked by owners FSG to lead the club back to the top end of the Premier League table. To do that, Rodgers will need to sign several players to overhaul the underperforming squad—but he may also want to look towards the club's youth system for several promising talents.
All fans love to see a youngster given a chance at their club in competitive games, though the rise to regular first-team football for a kid is far from an easy or straightforward one.
Since club captain Steven Gerrard came through, only Stephen Warnock made any kind of impression for Liverpool having featured at reserve or Academy level—until Jay Spearing and Martin Kelly made the breakthrough over the past two seasons.
Bringing in players readymade for the first team is great, but can be expensive business and Liverpool are keen to secure their own production line of quality from the Academy and reserve sides.
Here are five youngsters who should get their chance with the Reds this coming season.
First of all, this is a name every Reds fan knows by now as well as a more than a few opposition fans.
Raheem Sterling is the biggest hope of right now coming out of the Liverpool youth system, with the pacey attacker having made a few cameo appearances at the back end of 2011-12 season.
Capable of playing on either flank, Sterling has pace to burn, skills in one-on-one situations and a good eye for goal.
His best football comes from the left side of attack where he is free to cut infield and run at defenders with the aim of shooting at goal or passing to a teammate inside or along the edge of the penalty area.
Currently starring for Spain at the European Under-19 Championships, Suso is an attacking midfielder for Liverpool who has yet to make his debut for the first team in a competitive game.
Blessed with a great left foot, though perhaps too much one-sided, Suso has plenty of skills in his locker and is a good passer of the ball.
Always keen on making an impact in the final third, Suso can be a little over-focused on attacking and still has plenty to learn in terms of positioning himself off the ball, whilst consistency is also an issue at this stage in his career.
Even so, his natural talents mean he has a big future in the game and he would benefit from playing a few cup games alongside his more established teammates.
Suso isn't the only Red in action at the U-19 Euros; England's Conor Coady is representing his nation admirably too.
Coady can play both in defence and midfield, though the latter is definitely his more impressive position. He can operate either in a defensive midfield role or as a more box-to-box option, with quick passing and a good engine featuring his play.
Committed in the tackle, a good organiser for such a young age and a willingness to compete and win aerial balls also all make for a genuine talent who has a chance of making a crack at the first team.
Coady has performed in pre-season fixtures already for the first team, including last year's tour of Asia, and can certainly be looked at as one who could make his debut this coming season in either the Europa League or Carling Cup.
The previous players on this list have been much more precision and finesse-based, but Yalany Baio's main strengths are very much in his power and, well, strength.
A holding midfielder, Baio does possess a great set of passing abilities both over short and long distances, but his non-stop work-rate, fierce tackling and quick acceleration make him a great fit for the deepest central midfielder.
A bit of an outside-shot maybe to get some first team action this season and hasn't played for the reserves as much as, say, Coady—but he does posses unique physical attributes which might see him surge ahead of his age group this year.
Don't think he's all power though, Baio is a talented footballer and might have a real impact in the team with his energy and enthusiasm if he gets on the pitch.
Finally, Krisztian Adorjan is another attacking option who might get a few minutes of game time for the first team this season.
Not really a striker, not really an attacking midfielder, it might be a little difficult to see where Adorjan will look to make a position his own—even at reserve team level, if they adopt a 4-3-3—but he could be an option to play from one wide forward position with licence to roam infield.
Adorjan has a great touch, fantastic vision and no shortage of skill. His first touch and passing skills make him a good provider of goals for his team mates and he might be the type to get a run under Brendan Rodgers if he can combine his talent with consistency.