Young Championship XI that could flourish under Brendan Rodgers: Including Derby star and Leeds trio

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Some possible acquisitions for Liverpool perhaps?

Brendan Rodgers has proved during his time at Anfield that he is not afraid to give youth a chance, building a side around the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling, whilst giving exciting winger Jordon Ibe his debut this season.

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But if this campaign has proven one thing – after the great success of last year – it is that the job of creating a side of regular Premier League title contenders is still some way off being completed.

Rodgers’s transfer policy has come in for some criticism in the past, so perhaps a fresh approach of looking closer to home may help the squad develop. Currently, the Championship is boasting some of the most promising talents, and with the Northern Irishman’s ability to nurture potential, they could help return the Reds back to the league’s summit.

Here are eleven players who are lighting up the division, and could be candidates for a summer move:

GK- Alex Smithies (Huddersfield Town)

Smithies may not be a youngster in the conventional sense, but 25 is no age for a goalkeeper. He has arguably struggled to live up to the high expectations placed upon him when he first emerged at the Yorkshire club. However, he has bags of first-team experience – having already made nearly 250 league appearances – and could represent the kind of back-up keeper that would really test Simon Mignolet.

CB- Tyrone Mings (Ipswich Town)

The 22-year-old has been linked with the Reds in the past(via the Daily Star) and it is not difficult to see why. He has been an integral part of the Tractor Boys’ push into the promotion picture this season, and while Mick McCarthey’s men may have tailed off in their hopes of returning to the top flight, he has maintained his high performance levels. His refreshing attitude off the field makes him an endearing character also.

CB- Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers)

It is surprising, given how long he seems to have been around for, that Hanley is only 23. But the Scottish defender is already an international with seventeen caps, and has made over 100 appearances for Rovers. He has been out since February however, so missed the two FA Cup ties. He is a tough tackler, and is useful for attacking set-pieces.

CB- Lewis Dunk (Brighton)

The Brighton centre-half is probably best known to Reds fans for scoring a comical own-goal at Anfield three years ago. But since then, the 23-year-old has established himself as one of the few bright points in the Seagulls’ side. He was linked with Everton, West Ham, and West Brom in the Echo last month, but with the right guidance, he could become a decent addition.

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