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Picture of Liverpool's four 'biggest prospects' re-emerges on Reddit - what happened to them?

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There’s no doubt this is an exciting era for Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp has turned the Reds from top-four challengers to title contenders as well as a force in Europe.

But the club are still looking for their first trophy since 2012.

Seven years ago, Liverpool beat Championship side Cardiff on penalties and haven’t won any silverware since.

While this current Liverpool side is full of world-class stars, the same couldn’t be said about Kenny Dalglish’s squad back then.

Stewart Downing played the role of Mohamed Salah, Jose Enrique played the role of Andy Robertson and Charlie Adam played the role of Georginio Wijnaldum.

But around that time, Liverpool had four exciting youngsters.

A photo has emerged on Reddit of ‘four of the biggest prospects’ at the club at the time.

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But who are they and where are they now?

Samed Yesil

Liverpool signed Yesil from Bayer Leverkusen for £1 million in August 2012 as an 18-year-old.

But the German lasted four years at Anfield, making two League Cup appearances before he was released.

A spell at Panionios in Greece followed but the 24-year-old now finds himself at KFC Uerdingen 05 in the German third tier.

Liverpool v Swansea City - Capital One Cup Fourth Round

Ryan McLaughlin

Liverpool signed the 16-year-old Northern Irishman from Glenavon on a three-year-deal but the full-back failed to make a single first-team appearance.

After numerous loans, he also left the club in 2016.

He’s since played for Oldham and Blackpool and, last month, signed for League One Rochdale.

The now-24-year-old has also played five times for his country.

Liverpool v Manchester United - Barclays U21 Premier League Semi Final

Brad Smith

Smith joined Liverpool as a 14-year-old and the Australian went on to make 11 appearances for the first-team.

However, in 2016, Bournemouth signed him for £4.5 million.

The move hasn’t gone to plan, though, with Smith playing just 10 times for the Cherries since and he now finds himself on loan at Seattle Sounders.

Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool - Pre-Season Friendly

Jack Dunn

Perhaps the player that failed to fulfil his potential the most.

Having been born in Liverpool, Dunn was brilliant in the youth sides.

He captained the Under-16s then, a few years later, was the top goalscorer for the Under-21s.

He even played in a pre-season friendly in 2014 against Shamrock Rovers, scoring within three minutes of coming on.

But Dunn didn’t make a competitive first-team match and was released by Liverpool in the summer of 2017 after a series of injuries.

He failed to make it at fellow Merseyside club Tranmere and is now playing for Warrington Town in the Northern Premier League.

Liverpool U21 v Sunderland U21 - Barclays U21s Premier League

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