Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen, Steven Gerrard.
There used to be a time when Liverpool Football Club was known for its youth academy. In the early 2000s, after the last great youth product, Steven Gerrard, graduated to the first team, the Liverpool Academy lost its way.
But the arrival of Rafael Benitez saw a whole-scale review and resurrection of the academy model. And now, almost three years after Benitez’s departure from Anfield, it appears that the Reds are reaping the rewards from the seeds he sowed.
We’ve all heard and seen it this season: the likes of Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom and Suso all got early-season chances and took them impressively, but since the turn of the year, especially with the January additions of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, another famous Academy graduate on the brink of retirement has returned to the first team with significant impact.
But alas, Jamie Carragher will no longer play for the Reds next season, and Steven Gerrard is nearing the twilight years of his career as well.
Here are six youth players who could go on and take their place as Liverpool stars in the future. Enjoy and let us know your picks and thoughts in the comments below.
Disclaimer: Those players who might still be of Academy age but have taken any sort of established role in the first team (e.g. the aforementioned Sterling, Wisdom and Suso) will not be considered.