Predicting the Next 7 Liverpool Youth Players to Make First-Team Debut

Mark Jones@@Mark_Jones86Featured ColumnistApril 24, 2013

Predicting the Next 7 Liverpool Youth Players to Make First-Team Debut

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    The 2012/13 season won't be remembered as a classic one in the eyes of Liverpool supporters, but it will be seen as one in which the club blooded plenty of young players.

    With Raheem Sterling following on from making his debut in the closing weeks of the previous campaign and Jack Robinson chalking up some more first-team appearances before a loan switch to Wolves, this season has seen the likes of Andre Wisdom, Suso, Adam Morgan, Conor Coady, Jerome Sinclair and Samed Yesil all make their first-team bows.

    With the club already looking forward to the next campaign, who will be the next youngsters to break through?

Jordon Ibe

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    Jordon Ibe is probably the closest youngster to a first-team berth given that he managed to make it onto the bench for the defeat at Southampton last month.

    The wide player was one of the stars of the Liverpool team which reached the semi-finals of the FA Youth Cup this season, and the 17-year-old could even make his first appearance in Brendan Rodgers' side before the end of this campaign given the ban coming Luis Suarez's way.

    The former Wycombe Wanderers youngster did play and score for The Chairboys first team as a 15-year-old, and that progression looks like its continuing.

Kristoffer Peterson

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    Another star of the Youth Cup team which qualified for the last four, the Swede Kristoffer Peterson impressed many with his movement and eye for goal.

    Indeed it was that eye for goal which was apparent early in the second leg at Stamford Bridge as Peterson's goal raised hopes of an unlikely comeback against Chelsea, but ultimately his effort proved to be in vain.

    Peterson has impressed many since his arrival from Swedish side A Savedalens IF in January 2011, and the wide man will hope that next season, when he turns 19, will prove to be a special one for him.

Stephen Sama

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    Plenty of Reds fans have been aware of the Cameroon-born German youth international Stephen Sama for some time, but despite being 20 and holding a squad number, he is still waiting for an official first-team debut.

    His age and the potential defensive reshuffle at Liverpool in the summer make the offseason a crucial one for his future at the club, with the defender signed from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2009 certainly needing to make the breakthrough now if he's going to have a long-term future at the club.

    It's now or never for Sama.

Jordan Lussey

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    The captain of the U-18 team during that FA Youth Cup run, midfielder Jordan Lussey is certainly competing for a role in the most well-stocked of Liverpool positions, but that doesn't look like it'll faze him.

    A tough tackling and mobile operator, Lussey can get about the pitch and certainly wouldn't be fazed by the challenge presented by senior football.

    He might just have to be patient before that comes though.

Jack Dunn

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    The England youth international Jack Dunn has been one of the key reasons to watch Liverpool's U-18 side over the past few years.

    An energetic midfielder who can also play in forward positions, Dunn captained the youth side last season and also played for England in the U-17 World Cup.

    This season has seen him utilised further forward and if his progress continues then the Scouser could find himself in the first-team picture soon.

Ryan McLaughlin

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    Northern Irishman Ryan McLaughlin has played in preseason friendlies for the first team but he hasn't yet featured in a competitive match.

    The full-back has received a call-up to the full squad for his country last year, but an injury prevented him from playing.

    However, as a key member of Liverpool's U-21 side, he has impressed frequently and the 18-year-old could find himself in the first team next season if the likes of Jon Flanagan are loaned out to gain more experience.

Lloyd Jones

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    A highly-rated and powerful 17-year-old centre-back, Welsh youth international Lloyd Jones has impressed everyone at Liverpool since joining the club from Plymouth Argyle at the start of last season.

    Jones is both tall and possesses the ability to bring the ball out of defence, and Brendan Rodgers is sure to take a liking to this should his progress continue over the summer and beyond.

    Central defence is a priority position that Liverpool need to improve on next season, and Jones will hope to make his mark.