The Liverpool Centre of Excellence is one of the strongest footballing academies in the world, with names like Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen having graduated from it.
Even today, the prolific performance of the academy, which has since 1998 been located in a state-of-the-art facility in Kirkby, Northern Liverpool, is great. John Flanagan, Martin Kelly and Jack Robinson are just three more players who have broken through in recent seasons.
The future at Liverpool is bright, and 2012 is sure to be a good year for the club's youngsters. Here are five Reds youngsters who, while not all at Kirkby, are worth watching closely this year.