Alex Rogers is excited by Liverpool’s youth players and can’t wait to watch them get a run out in pre-season.
The number of promising young players coming through the youth teams for Liverpool is startling. Every day I hear about a youth player tearing it up for the Academy, but it’s fair to say a few players definitely stand out more than others.
With Trent Alexander-Arnold winning Youth player of the Season – and very deservedly so – and Ben Woodburn winning the academy Player of the Year on Tuesday, it has me very excited for the future.
Both Alexander-Arnold and Woodburn have been phenomenal this season for the age they are. The latter became Liverpool’s youngest ever goal scorer at 17 years of age, breaking Michael Owen’s record before him and Alexander-Arnold became a regular player on the bench for the first team. At the age of 18, that’s incredible.
It would seem both these players have a bright future ahead of them. Hey, Michael Owen went on to win a Balon d’Or after being Liverpool’s youngest goal scorer, so who knows what lies ahead for Woodburn?
And I’ve not even gone on to talk about the many other exciting young talents. The likes of Harry Wilson – who has bagged himself 28 goals in the league for the U23s – and Sheyi Ojo who has finally picked up after injury after his great form at the end of last season for the first team.
And not to forget Ovie Ejaria who’s made eight appearances for the first team, six of which have been in cup competitions.
All of these players leave fans drooling at the thought of them fulfilling their potential to become the next homegrown superstar for Liverpool.
Joe Gomez is also one of these players. At the beginning of last season, Gomez was considered one of the biggest upcoming talents in the Premier League with game after game of increasingly impressive performances. However, injury cut that short and we were without him for the whole season.
With his return from injury, Gomez hasn’t reclaimed his first team spot as of yet but who knows what lies ahead for the young man. Any self-respecting Liverpool fan will tell you that Gomez has a brilliant future ahead of him.
Marko Grujic was a hidden gem in the Serbian league. When he signed for us he was already playing against full grown men and also out playing them. at the tender age of 19. He was considered one of the best players in that league and thanks to our second in command, Buvač, we were lucky enough to snap him up.
Unfortunately for him, his first season for us has been blighted with injury, only now getting a run out at the end of games every now and again at the end of the season. In pre-season, it had seemed we had signed a world beater with Grujic scoring against whoever he wanted including Barcelona. Watch out for him next season.
Yes, the future is bright it would seem for Liverpool with our boundless amounts of talented youth. The huge amounts of potential is staggering and exciting at the same time. Who knows, maybe in a few years time we will have ourselves a new Gerrard.