It’s been a while since Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler progressed through the Liverpool academy to become stars for the first-team.
Since then, the likes of Jon Flanagan, Jordan Rossiter and Martin Kelly have attempted to make the transition from academy prospect to first-team regular with limited success.
While Liverpool have the financial power to compete with almost any Premier League club, they know more than most that it’s important to nurture their homegrown talent.
Both the Premier League and European competitions have regulations regarding ‘club-trained’ players with managers required to name a certain amount of players between the age of 15 and 21 that have been at the club for three or more seasons.
While Liverpool fans may fear that there are no talented prospects graduating through their Melwood academy, Nathaniel Clyne thinks otherwise.
The club’s right-back has revealed that there are plenty of good youngsters in the ranks and went so far as to naming the three most talented.
"There's a lot of good, young players out there," he told Goal.
"There are a few. I see some of their games and they are doing really well.
"I'd say, yeah, Sheyi Ojo is really good. Trent Alexander-Arnold is another one who impresses. Marko Grujic is good as well. He is very confident on the ball, he has got a good shot as well. I am enjoying training and working with him.”
Liverpool signed Ojo from MK Dons back in 2011 when he was just 14-years-old. Five years later, and the winger has made 11 first-team appearances at Anfield - all of them coming last season.
Despite underwhelming loan spells at Wigan and Wolves in recent seasons, Ojo is highly regarded at Liverpool and is expected to add to his first-team appearances this campaign.
Alexandre-Arnold is a name that is less familiar to Liverpool fans having not appeared for the first-team yet. However, the 17-year-old has a growing reputation and was even named on the bench for the opening match of the season against Arsenal.
Interestingly, he could actually by Clyne’s long-term replacement as right-back as he learns his trade from the former Southampton star.
Grujic will be hoping he's more than just a pub quiz answer in years to come. He became Klopp's first signing as Liverpool manager in January for £5 million before he returned to Red Star Belgrade on loan for the remainder of the campaign. While he hasn’t featured too much in the first-team this season - making three appearances - he did score a brilliant header against Barcelona in pre-season as well as goals against Huddersfield and Fleetwood.
The 20-year-old midfielder is expected to remain in and around the first-team this season before securing a regular position in the coming seasons.
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