Since the arrival of Damien Comolli and the return of Kenny Dalglish, Liverpool have clearly had a preference toward signing English talent. Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing have all arrived at the club in the last 12 months at a combined cost of £71 million. They have also attempted to sign a number of other English players during the last year.
They really missed a trick when they failed to sign Connor Wickham in the 2011 Summer Transfer Window. Wickham is the best centre-forward England has produced since Alan Shearer and is going to become a top class player.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Phil Jones were two others the Reds should have secured in the summer, but for whatever reason they failed to make these deals happen.
If Liverpool are to persist with signing English talent then it is the likes of Wickham, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jones they should be signing rather than the likes of Carroll, Downing and Henderson.
Sunderland, Arsenal and Manchester United will likely end up paying something in the region £50 million combined for the three young Englishmen they signed and when you look at the potential of those three against the potential of the trio Liverpool signed, and then compare the prices, it's pretty clear that Liverpool got the short end of the stick in terms of value for money.
I will say that each of the six players I have named have been overpaid for, in my opinion. Based on what they have done thus far in their careers and how good they are at this moment in time, none are worth what their clubs spent on them.
The difference is that Wickham, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jones all look certainties to prove value for money in the long run, whilst only Henderson can be considered as having the potential to ever justify his price tag from the Liverpool trio.
I can understand Liverpool wanting to build a team for the future, but they can not do this at the expense of the present. Signings like Carroll and Henderson have not in any way improved the Liverpool team, but they have cost over £50 million.
I can also see the logic behind building a team made up predominantly of English talent, but to do this they must sign the best English talent, rather than second tier talent as they have done thus far.
They must also consider the cost. As I mentioned above, those six big money English players were all overpriced, some of them costing the purchasing team over twice what the player was actually worth. It is an indisputable fact that you can get better talent at lower prices abroad with Luis Suarez being the prime example when compared to the likes of Andy Carroll.
For the Reds to build a title winning team using the pieces they have now, with some additions, they need to look abroad. Countries like Holland, France, Spain and in particular Germany are hotbeds for fantastically talented players at acceptable prices. If you haven't already read my article on potential targets from the Bundesliga, you can do so by clicking here.
Now, with that being said, I do believe that Liverpool should be looking to bring the best young English talent to the club I stated above. In my opinion they should continue the trend they have started with the signings of Seyi Ojo from Milton Keynes Dons and Jordon Ibe from Wycombe Wanderers.
That is, signing top class young English talent at a young age from lower league clubs and an affordable price so that these players can be developed in at The Academy and will, in the long run, save the club millions. Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom were both brought to the club in a similar manner and have progressed nicely with Sterling in particular looking like a future star.
Some people often make the mistake in thinking that Premier League clubs produce the best young players but that's far from true and the four players I've just mentioned are prime examples.
In this article I will list four young English players, all from lower league clubs and three of whom are between the ages of 15 and 17, that Liverpool should sign to secure the future of our great club.
I hope you enjoy.