Four under-23 players that should shine for Liverpool next season

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The youth setup at Liverpool is considered one of the best in the world because of the high-quality players pushed through from the academy. It has seen world class players like Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, and Michael Owen.

Since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager has put his faith in youth players from the academy such as left-back Brad Smith and centre-midfielder, Cameron Brannagan but there are a whole host of talented youngsters at the club who have shown they have some ability.

However, if the recent activity and rumours from the current transfer window are to be believed, it will be hard to see many of these youngsters given too many opportunities to develop into first team starters. Here are five who the best chance of being involved in Klopp's plans next season.


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Marko Grujic

Arriving from Red Star Belgrade this summer on a £4.7 million deal, Marko Grujic is looking like a player that Klopp can build up to be world class.

The Serbian no doubt represents a player Klopp will want to develop to a similar standard to that of a signing the Liverpool manager made whilst at Borussia Dortmund.

When Ilkay Gundogan arrived from Nuremberg in 2011 for £3.85 million, the German midfielder looked impressive from the very start of his Dortmund career and helped the German side win their second consecutive title in his first season.

Injuries have since ruled Gundogan out for long periods of his career, but the midfielder looks set to become a key man for Manchester City when he is fully fit in September and Grujic will be hopeful he can follow a similar development path.

Kevin Stewart

This time last year, Kevin Stewart probably did not imagine he'd make more than five appearances for Liverpool last season. However, since the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, the 22-year-old has particularly impressed when given the chance.

Stewart started last season at League One side, Swindon Town, where he made just five appearances over the six months because of a medial ligament injury, ruling him out nearly two months.

In January, he was recalled from his loan spell by Klopp as a number of the first team squad were out injured and made his first appearance against Exeter in the 2-2 draw in the FA Cup. Not only did he impress in the away match of the tie, he made his first Anfield debut in the replay and helped Liverpool to a 3-0 victory.

Despite playing fewer games, Stewart has already shown he could have the upper hand on Jordan Henderson in certain aspects of his game. Known to be a very accurate and strong tackler he will be trying to challenge the England international for a regular spot next season.

The midfielder recently signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2020 and is very much expected to be part of Jurgen Klopp's plans.

Joe Gomez

While at Charlton Athletic, Joe Gomez was a target for all the big clubs in England. However, Brendan Rodgers snapped up the 19-year-old English centre-back for £3.5 million last summer.

Gomez looked impressive in pre-season in Asia and took that form into the start of the Premier League season. In his first start against Stoke City in the opening game, he assisted Phillippe Coutinho in the 86th minute to help Liverpool to a 1-0 win.

Despite Gomez preferring to play at centre-back, the young star impressed at full-back before suffering an ACL injury whilst on international duty. He should be fully fit for the start of the new campaign to pick up where he left of.

Lazar Markovic

When Lazar Markovic arrived from Benfica for £20 million, eyebrows were immediately raised about the price Liverpool had paid for the Serbian. The first half of the season seemed to prove that Rodgers' had once again made a bad judgement call in his transfers.

However, despite getting sent off in the Champions League against Basel, he was the best man on the pitch for the time he was on there and suddenly clicked.

A week later, he scored his first goal for the Reds in an exciting Capital One Cup match against Bournemouth to help Liverpool to a 3-1 victory. Rodgers' used a 3-5-2 formation with Markovic on the right in a wing-back role and continued his good form by scoring his first Premier League goal against Sunderland.

Markovic was subsequently loaned out to Fenerbahce last season and impressed, but Jurgen Klopp, he could just be the right-sided attacking midfielder that Liverpool has been looking for.

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