Scouting the Best of Liverpool's Youth and Reserve Team Players

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 Scouting the Best of Liverpool's Youth and Reserve Team Players
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Following the recent departures of academy directors Frank McParland and Rodolfo Borrell, you may assume that Liverpool's youth set-up is struggling.

That, though, could not be further from the truth—the club have the best crop of talent that has come through the ranks in quite some time.

The work done by McParland, Borrell and Pep Segura has ensured that the academy is in good health and that the club is closer to its target of having 50 percent of the first-team squad come through the academy, as McParland explained to The Anfield Wrap last year.

Under Brendan Rodgers, we've seen Andre Wisdom, Jordon Ibe, Jerome Sinclair, Samed Yesil, Conor Coady, Suso and Adam Morgan handed their debuts for the club.

Indeed, out of 13 players to make their debuts for Liverpool last season, seven of them were from the academy.

Add in Raheem Sterling, Jack Robinson and Jon Flanagan, who had already made their debuts previously, and that's 10 players last season who had come through the academy—admittedly, some of them were signed from other clubs later in their development.

So far this season, we've not seen any academy debutants, but Flanagan has gained his way back into the first-team reckoning after working hard at under-21s level.

Here's a look at the best of the current academy group and who could make the step up to the first team in the future.

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