20 Liverpool Academy Prospects Who Never Stepped Up

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20 Liverpool Academy Prospects Who Never Stepped Up
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Liverpool's youth academy in Kirkby has produced some excellent talent down the years, some of which is currently starring in the first team's current title challenge.

First-team regulars Raheem Sterling and Jon Flanagan are more recent success stories, while captain Steven Gerrard also came through Liverpool's youth ranks.

While several players have made the grade, many have not and here we present 20 players who never quite made that step up.

It's worth defining what is meant by academy prospects "who never stepped up."

Firstly, they did not necessarily leave Liverpool without playing for the first-team. Neil Mellor, Jon Otsemobor and Dani Pacheco all made first-team appearances, but failed to establish a firm place among the senior squad.

Similarly, players such as Richie Partidge made their only first-team appearances in League Cup games.

Secondly, they may have gone on to have successful careers elsewhere, even playing against Liverpool in some cases, but they never "made it" at Anfield.

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