Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has built a title-winning squad at Anfield - but he has different views for how the team could look in the future.
Last week, the German raised some eyebrows when he admitted it was his dream to field a “team full of Scousers”.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is the Reds’ standout Scouser and Klopp envisions a team filled with more Liverpudlians in the next few years.
He said last week: “The dream is to have all the boys - maybe it won't happen in the next five years but maybe in 10 years - if you could have a team full of Scousers, why not?
“It's not a bad thing to be a Scouser, it's a good thing because they are hard working and it's eminently clear that they would fight like crazy.
“These are the good characteristics of a Scouser. The door is open for all the other boys who want to play football.”
So, who could join Alexander-Arnold in Klopp’s Scouse XI? The Daily Mail have explored this question by naming a young XI made up entirely of Liverpudlians.
GK | Oscar Kelly
Kelly has been with Liverpool since the age of nine and is part of the club’s Under-18s squad.
The 18-year-old has been a regular on the bench at his age group level this season.
RB | Trent Alexander-Arnold (C)
Alexander-Arnold is a fan favourite, with an incredible mural of the 21-year-old emblazoned on a home at the corner of Sybil Street and Anfield Road.
The right-back is living the dream, rising from Liverpool’s academy to become an English and European captain.
CB | Tom Clayton
The young centre-back, 19, was named on the substitutes bench during Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals in December.
Clayton has been with Liverpool since Under-9s level, developing to become a regular with the Under-23s.
CB | Remi Savage
Savage recently signed his first professional contract with the Reds and, like Clayton, has been with the club since Under-9s level.
The 18-year-old, a part of the team that won the 2019 FA Youth Cup, says his inspiration in the first-team is Virgil van Dijk.
Who knows, he might one day succeed the Dutchman in the senior line-up.
LB | Adam Lewis
Lewis has been with Liverpool since the age of six and he’s highly-thought of by the club’s youth coaches.
The 20-year-old made his senior debut in the Reds’ 1-0 win against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup earlier this year.
CM | Curtis Jones
Expect to see more of Jones in the senior team next season.
The central midfielder has enjoyed a great season, recently scoring his first Premier League goal days after signing a new contract.
The 19-year-old also scored the match-winner against Everton in the FA Cup in January.
LM | James Norris
England Under-17 international Norris has been with Liverpool since Under-9s level.
He’s an attacking left-back who would have no problems rotating with Lewis behind him.
RM | Tom Hill
Hill signed his first ever professional contract in February.
He was used by former reserve manager Neil Critchley when the youth team took over for the Carabao Cup quarter-final tie against Aston Villa while the first team competed in the Club World Cup.
Hill made his debut for the Under-18s this season and has since stepped up to the Under-23s.
FW | Joe Gelhardt
This would require Liverpool making a move to sign Gelhardt, who was born in Liverpool but plays for Wigan Athletic.
The Championship club recently entered administration and Gelhardt is one of the players linked with a move from the DW Stadium.
The striker has made 17 appearances for Wigan this season.
FW | Joe Hardy
Hardy joined Liverpool from Brentford in January and hit the ground running, scoring seven goals in two months for the Under-23s.
The Wirral-born forward starred for Brentford’s B team, scoring 40 goals in 80 appearances, and signed a new deal with Liverpool in June.
FW | Anthony Gordon
We’re finishing with a controversial selection.
Gordon is a rising star with Liverpool’s close rivals Everton, even starting for the first-team against the Reds in June.
He made his first team debut in a Europa League game in 2017 and was a member of Everton’s Under-23s squad which won a league and cup double in the 2017/18 campaign.
Everton won’t want to let him go, especially to Liverpool, but it would certainly be a fun storyline wouldn’t it?
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