Liverpool’s Young Talent
There looks a wealth of talent coming through at Anfield right now as Liverpool start to reap the rewards of their Academy that was former manager Rafa Benitez’s vision for the future.
Youngsters getting a chance to breakthrough at first team level has always been very tough as top clubs have spending power to improve their team, but at Liverpool times have changed and money is tighter and with a new young manager in Brendan Rodgers it looks like the young talent will be given a chance to play for Liverpool’s first team.
Already this season we have saw many youngsters play in the first team. Sterling, Suso, Morgan, Yesil, Robinson, Pacheco and Andre Wisdom have all stepped up to the plate and showed they are more than capable of playing at first team level and proving that if you are good enough age is not a factor.
The impressive thing is the way everyone is playing, the veterans, the youngsters, everyone is singing off the same hymn sheet written by Brendan Rodgers and his pass and move style of play.
The introduction of the younger players has excited everybody connected to Liverpool Football Club, but nobody is getting carried away, after all, it is hard to break into the team but is far tougher staying in it with all the competition that is there for places and more importantly how difficult it is to play consistently at that level week in week out.
Experienced players like Gerrard and Carragher who have come through the youth teams to become legends of the club will no doubt remind the younger players of how tough it is and they will be there to keep their feet on the ground if they get too carried away or put an arm around their shoulder if things get tough. But Gerrard and Carragher will be invaluable to the youngsters’ progression, every bit as much as Brendan Rodgers will be.
Raheem Sterling is the one that has really caught the eye so far this season and he is being rewarded with a run in the first team which is impressive and encouraging for others, especially as he is keeping out big money signing Stewart Downing. Recently Andre Wisdom has come into the side after the unfortunate injury to Martin Kelly, and he has looked very impressive too.
The crop of young players coming through will also encourage the even younger ones at the Academy that if they are good enough they will get their chance and the club could save a lot of money too, by not having to go out and spend mega money on players to improve the team.
Liverpool have endured a very tough start to the season with a new manager with new ideas and a tough fixture list to start the season too, but now things start to be looking up, maybe this season is a transitional one but it could be a very important one with so many youngsters stepping up to the first team and gaining invaluable experience.
Liverpool supporters have the knowledge and experience to know that the young talent must be given time and Liverpool will be rewarded, that I am sure.