Liverpool's five winners of the Academy Player of the Year award - where are they now?

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Liverpool have one of the best academies in the world.

Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen are just three players that have come through the academy and went on to have long and successful careers.

More recently, Trent Alexander-Arnold has made the step up and has quickly emerged into one of the world’s best right backs.

However, the Liverpool right-back did not win the Academy Player of the Year award, which was set up in 2014.

So, if he didn’t win it, those that won it instead must be very good, right? We’ve looked at the five winners and where they are now.

2013/14 – Jordan Rossiter 

Big things were expected of Rossiter, who drew comparisons to Steven Gerrard.

He made a great start to life in Liverpool’s first team, scoring a screamer against Middlesbrough on his debut in 2014.

However, he would make just four appearances at the club before being shipped off to Rangers in 2016.

Unfortunately, Rossiter was unable to break into the Scottish club’s first team and now finds himself on loan at Fleetwood Town.

He hasn’t made an appearance for Joey Barton’s side since November, though.

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2014/15 – João Carlos Teixeira

Teixeira made his debut for Liverpool in 2013 and he would go on to win Academy Player of the Year two years later.

However, just a year after winning the award, he left for Porto after his contract expired.

The Portuguese midfielder made just eight appearances for the club before joining Vitoria in 2018.

Teixeira was having a decent campaign before it was postponed, scoring eight times in 25 games for the club.

At the age of 27, Teixeira is nearing his prime. It’s fair to say he hasn’t hit the heights that were expected of him.

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2015/16 – Brad Smith

The Australian left-back made 11 appearances for Liverpool before signing for Bournemouth in 2016.

He spent two years on loan at Seattle and joined Championship outfit Cardiff City on a temporary deal in January.

Smith, now 26, has yet to make his debut for the Welsh side.

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2016/17 – Ben Woodburn

Another who has failed to live up to expectations. Woodburn made his debut at the tender age of 17 and 42 days, making him Liverpool’s second youngest debutant in the Premier League era.

Now 20, the Welsh international has struggled for form and fitness on loan at Oxford.

He’s still young, but he has a lot of work to do if he is to break into Liverpool’s first team.


2017/18 – Harry Wilson

Wilson is looking like he could be a Premier League player for many years to come.

After impressing at loan spells with Hull and Derby County, Wilson is spending this season at Bournemouth.

He has been a positive in what has been a tough season for the Cherries, scoring seven times in 23 Premier League games.

The future looks bright for Wilson, but he has a tough task ahead of him if he is to establish himself in front of Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah.

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2018/19 – Not awarded due to busy first team schedule

It’s fair to say that the five winners of the Academy Player of the Year award haven’t exactly thrived.

Rossiter, Teixeira and Smith all failed to make it at Liverpool and have struggled since leaving the club.

Woodburn has also struggled but, at the age of 20, he still has time to fulfil his potential.

Wilson has enjoyed the best career of the lot, but even he may struggle to make it at Liverpool.

Curts Jones or Harvey Elliott will be the favourite to win the award in 2019/20. Whoever wins it will be hoping to have more success at Liverpool than the five previous winners.

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