With speculation rife that Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign 16-year-old wonder kid Jordon Ibe from Wycombe Wanderers, GiveMeFootball has taken a look at the stars of the future that are already at Anfield.
Kenny Dalglish will be hoping they can emulate the likes of Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Robbie Fowler on Merseyside, and go from youth team starlet to first team regular.
A local lad who made his debut in the 3-0 home victory over Manchester City at Anfield last season, Flanagan is a tough tackling right-back who is dominant in the air. He committed himself to the club in July by signing a new contract.
Capable of playing at left-back or as a holding midfielder, Flanagan has been praised from all quarters, including by Carragher, who said: “He is outstanding. I'm delighted for him and I think it gives the whole club a lift when you see a local lad come through - the supporters love it."
The scouser, whose father Jonathan was also in the Reds academy but never played for the first team, has played for England Under-21s and Under-19s.
A left-back with five senior appearances under his belt, Robinson became the club’s youngest ever player at the age of 16 years and 250 days when he made his bow against Hull on the last day of the 2009/10 season.
Having represented England at every level from Under 16s to Under 19s, Robinson has shown promise from a young age and is eager to learn from Jose Enrique at the art of playing on the left of defence.
“He is someone I have watched over the last few years and I can get a lot from him,” Robinson explained. “He is good at the things I need to work in like getting a bit tighter, stopping crosses and dribbling.”
The Academy Player of the Season for 2010/11, Sterling might be the most exciting young player Liverpool have.
After signing from QPR, the Jamaican-born winger became the subject of national attention when he scored 5 goals in Liverpool’s 9-0 victory over Southend in the FA Youth Cup.
Sterling can play on either side and was a main stay in the England Under 17 side that made it to the quarter-finals of the World Cup for that age group last summer. It surely will not be long before he plays in a competitive game at senior level for Pool, after traveling with the side during pre-season.
England’s captain when they won the European Under 17 Championship in 2010, Coady can play as a centre half or in holding midfield.
Picked in the senior squad for competitive games twice without making it onto the field, Coady has already netted for the Reds in a pre-season friendly against Guangdong Sunray Cave.
Coady was delighted to find the net and is hungry for more success.
“It was a fantastic feeling. To score a goal for Liverpool is always special but the fact it was for the first team makes it even better.”
A strong Yorkshireman, Wisdom can play centre-half, right-back or in midfield and signed a new long-term deal in July.
He has captained the England Under 19s and played for the Under 21s and has impressed in the reserve team this season.
Wisdom is confident of following Robinson and Flanagan into the first team and said: “I’m still young, I’m still learning but hopefully I can keep progressing by training with great players everyday and learning from the best.”
Currently on loan at Bury, David Amoo is a right-winger who has also had spells with MK Dons and Hull temporarily.
The 20-year-old has been at Liverpool for over four years now and once represented London in the English Schools National Track and Field Championships as a sprinter, which gives you an idea how quick he is once he gets going.
With one appearance for the first team name to his name, Amoo will be looking for more when he returns from Gigg Lane.
Other starlets to keep an eye on include Spanish striker Jesus Fernandez Saez (Suso), fellow forward Michael Ngoo and the prolific Adam Morgan.
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