Damon Savenelli ranks Liverpool’s youth talent based on recent form.
This past Sunday saw the Reds play out a lacklustre 0-0 draw at home versus Plymouth Argyle. Although it was only an FA Cup fixture, it was still a disappointing result nonetheless.
The starting eleven had an average age of 21, the youngest ever starting eleven to be fielded be Liverpool. With 29-year-old captain Lucas Leiva captaining the side, there were some very young players out on the pitch on Sunday. All of that youth talent got us thinking. Which Liverpool youngsters are the most promising?
At only 16 years of age, Woodburn was first introduced to Liverpool fans during pre-season. He made a few appearances during pre-season, scoring a few impressive goals. Back in November, Woodburn became Liverpool’s youngest ever goal scorer after scoring against Leeds United in the quarter-finals of the League Cup.
An exciting attacker, Woodburn possess that attacking instinct. Quick and alert, Woodburn takes advantage of any opportunity that comes his way. He has been named on Klopp’s bench as a substitute on multiple occasions and the future is without a doubt bright for this rising star. We will wait and see what the future holds for the youngster.
After going over a year without playing football, the 19-year-old finally made his return. The former Bolton man made his first appearance since October 1, 2015, on Sunday. Gomez has suffered through anterior cruciate ligament and Achilles injuries. This was devastating news for the club as Gomez looked to be an exciting talent, but luckily he is back.
He looked solid as ever on Sunday. Aside from maybe a few minor mistakes here and there, Gomez did not miss a beat. Klopp has stated in past press conferences that he did not want to rush the Englishman back from his injuries. It certainly showed on Sunday as the defender looked fully fit and healthy.
Helping to keep a clean sheet, Gomez will hope to play a big role in the first team. Liverpool without a doubt need some defensive reinforcement but Gomez will most likely continue to be eased back into the first team in the coming weeks. With many years of football left ahead of him, Gomez looks to be a promising talent.
Now this third spot could have gone to a number of players but I decided to go with Sheyi Ojo. Similar to Gomez, Ojo has just returned from a pretty serious injury. Although he did not require as much recovery time as Gomez, Ojo injured his back and was sidelined for a few months. I think that during that time fans forgot about his quality.
A pacey and direct winger, Ojo posses raw skills that have the potential to be moulded into serious talent. The winger actually made a decent amount of first team appearances last season where he had a few fantastic assists as well as a few goals. His pace allows him to burst down the wing and play balls into the box, as he showed last season. Similar to Gomez, Ojo will be eased back into the senior squad. With Danny Ings injured and Sadio Mane at the AFCON, Ojo could potentially have a role to play in the attack
Honourable Mentions: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Cameron Brannagan, Allan Rodrigues de Souza