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Liverpool: is the future bright for the Reds?

Adam Morgan is congratulated by Suso (©GettyImages)
Adam Morgan is congratulated by Suso (©GettyImages).

If the present looks a little uncertain for Liverpool then the future is certainly bright if their 1-1 pre-season friendly draw with Toronto is anything to go by.

While the scoreline against a lesser team may not seem so inspiring the performance of two talented youngsters, Raheem Sterling and Adam Morgan, drew praise from new Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.

Both players combined excellently to ensure a draw for their side as Morgan slotting home from Sterling’s pass, with Rodgers declaring himself happy with the development of both talented teens.

But do this pair, or any other prospects at Anfield stand a chance of breaking into the first team this season?

Suso

Suso arrived at Liverpool in 2009 and at once appeared to be destined for big things; he possesed imaculate vision, a fine range of passing and a brilliant first touch. Better yet, he was still only 15 at the time.

His development has slowed a little now he is older and wiser and has been forced to play out of position slightly, but there is no doubting he is seen as one of the most promising youngsters at Liverpool.

There is a real chance he will get a crack at the first team this season, albeit perhaps in cup competitions.

Daniel Pacheco

A little further along in his development than the other players in this list, Pacheco has gained valuable first team experience with both Norwich and in his native Spain with Rayo Vallecano in recent years, and despite some problematic injuries he now feels ready to shine on the big stage.

“I'll also try to enjoy the experience and show the fans we are ready to take part in the Premier League,” he said recently. “I can't wait to play for Liverpool and if I work hard, hopefully that will happen."

Having made 14 first team appearances for Liverpool, Pacheco has all the ability and passing finesse to fit in with Brendan Rodgers’ passing game, and should be a familiar face around Anfield next season.

Raheem Sterling

There is no doubting Raheem Sterling's ability but there are certainly a few question marks over his future at Liverpool.

Amid interest from Tottenham former boss Kenny Dalglish, who gave him his first team debut last season, hit out at both the player and his advisors at what he perceived was an attempt to engineer a move away from Anfield.

‘You earn the right to a run out by what you do on the pitch, not by what is said in newspapers,’ the Scot said back in March, but with a new manager in charge, Sterling will be hoping to wipe the slate clean and start again.

While there is plenty of hype surrounding Sterling, he may well find himself out on loan this season. Rodgers recently admitted that he ‘wasn’t ready’ for the first team yet. Another frustrating season could lie in wait for the 17-year-old.

Adam Morgan

Described as the next Robbie Fowler, Morgan has been attracted interest ever since his run of scoring in 12 consecutive goals in Liverpool's academy side. That form earned him a call up for the reserves, and on his debut the 18-year-old demonstrated his talent by finding the back of the net against Bolton.

Brendan Rdogers has been suitably impressed with him thus far and praised not only his eye for goal but also his work-rate and intelligence in pressing.

Former Liverpool defender Gary Gillespie believes it may be too soon to promote him to the first team but a bright future awaits.

Conor Coady

Perhaps the least known of all five players on this list, Coady rose to prominence by captaining England U17s to glory at the European Championships in 2010.

A centre-back by trade who can also operate in the middle of the park, the 19-year-old is a competitive, fierce tackler who as he develops further will no doubt become a more imposing specimen. Coady also boasts a fine shot, impressing Dalglish with his effort in a pre-season friendly against Guangdong Sunray Cave last summer.

He is yet to make his first team debut and is highly unlikely to do so next term, but the 13/14 season could be his chance to shine.

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