Liverpool supremo delighted by Academy revolution

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Damien Comolli has praised the work of Liverpool's Academy staff after the recent influx of graduates into the first-team.

Teenage duo John Flanagan and Jake Robinson have recently taken their chances in the senior side with aplomb, while Raheem Sterling has travelled with the squad on a number of occasions.

Jay Spearing - another former Academy scholar - has been enjoying his best run in the Liverpool side in recent weeks, and his performances have been rewarded with a new contract.

The 22-year-old has seized his opportunity in Kenny Dalglish's side since Steven Gerrard was ruled out for the season, and has given further cause for Liverpool to be optimistic about next season.

The emergence of local players is something that fans of any team, but Liverpool supporters in particular, embrace - just look at the adulation of Gerrard and fellow Anfield hero Jamie Carragher.

So, with Scouse pair Adam Morgan and Conor Coady set to be the the next off the Anfield production line, the future certainly looks bright for Liverpool.

“Having local players gives the club a strong identity and also keeps the family atmosphere around the place," said Liverpool director of football, Comolli


"These players have been here for so long that they make sure the atmosphere is still alive.

"The day we played Birmingham a couple of weeks back we had more players who had come through our Academy in our squad than any other Premier League side that day. That is a strong sign of the work going on at our Academy.

“It’s fantastically rewarding for the Academy staff to see the work they have done paying off. It also shows if you are good enough then you will play no matter what your age is.”

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