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Rafael Benitez, as soon as he entered the club, made youngsters one of his priorities. When the media was focusing on highlighting Rafa's failed signings, Rafa was working behind the scenes with the Liverpool scouts to get the best young talent from across the world to Liverpool, a fact not well-known.
So, this list consists of youngsters signed for Liverpool and have made an impact in the Liverpool Youth and the reserves teams.
Considered to be the next big striker for Liverpool coming from Spain after Torres, he was easing into the first team under Rafael Benitez. A product of the famed youth academy of Barcelona, he emulated Torres when he top scored in the U-19 European Championship in 2010. He was expected to play more first-team football this season, but under Hodgson, he did not get too many opportunities, a fact that started rumors of him reconsidering his future at Liverpool. He however, committed his future to Liverpool and hopefully should be getting more playing time under Kenny Dalglish.
A defender, who can play both as a left-back and in the center, followed David N'gog from Paris St. Germain in 2009. His signing was considered a coup of sorts since teams like Arsenal were also interested, a team supposedly preferred by youngsters from France. He was also a part of the European Championship winning France U-19 side that beat Spain in the finals. The only shortcoming seems to be his need to bulk up as he is considered too thin for a defender. He had openly spoken against Hodgson's treatment of foreign-born youngsters some months back and would be happy to see King Kenny in-charge.
Ever since joining from Southend in 2009, this towering 6 feet 4 striker has made an immediate impact on the youth squad. Along with his height, which is an advantage, he also possesses great ability to run with the ball and create chances for his team mates. Just 19 years of age, he does need to play more football with the Reserves before challenging for the first team. Though initially prone to making mistakes often, he has improved a great deal this season. He can be a great prospect, possessing the rare combination of height and great ball skills.