Liverpool should be able to capitalise on their Youth Cup win better than they did in either 2006 and 2007.
No player from either of those winning teams went on to establish themselves as Anfield. Jay Spearing came closest, playing 55 games, but never became a permanent fixture.
The problem then, however, was timing. Liverpool had fallen to pieces by the time those kids were looking to break into the first-team.
Problems with ownership and management left the Reds unable to take chances on kids as they constantly looked to rebuild.
Things should be different now, though. With any luck, Jurgen Klopp will still be around when the likes of Bobby Duncan look to make the step up.
We’ve already seen Klopp’s willingness to use talent from the academy. Trent Alexander-Arnold was allowed to establish himself and was recently named the best right-back in the Premier League.
Ben Woodburn has been given chances and Ki-Jana Hoever got game time earlier this year. Rhian Brewster, too, could be involved in the first-team before long.
But even if Klopp isn’t around, Liverpool should still capitalise on the Youth Cup win. The club is far healthier now than it has been for a long, long time.
They can afford to take risks on young players thanks to a solid first-team, while the potential there has been proven by those who have got their chance.
Things may not have worked out last time, but this is a different situation. We may well see a few of those kids in the first-team before too long.