The summer transfer window came as a surprise to many Reds supporters. Liverpool made no first team signings. The only additions to the club were the youngsters Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott and backup goalkeepers Adrian and Andy Lonergan. The lack of summer spending shows a tremendous amount of faith in the depth of Liverpool’s squad and, by extension, the Liverpool Academy.
With the Reds competing in the Champions League, Premier League, League Cup, FA Cup and Club World Cup this year, Jürgen Klopp will inevitably have to turn to his academy at some point as the first team gets tired and picks up injuries. The Liverpool Academy has produced some modern greats, most recently Trent Alexander-Arnold has risen through the ranks.
This season, Liverpool Academy products will face one of their greatest tests of recent years. Who could we see making the step up?
Curtis Jones looks set to start in cup competitions for the Reds. The local lad started for the first team as they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Wolves last year. He has continued to impress for the reserves and is already building an understanding with Harvey Elliott.
Rhian Brewster has been with the Liverpool Academy since his move from Chelsea aged 15. He has an U17 World Cup golden boot under his belt and was on the bench as Liverpool brushed past Barcelona. When fixtures pile up, we could see Brewster get minutes in the Premier League as well as starting in cup competitions.
Yasser Larouci was impressive in preseason before his first team involvement was cut short by a horror tackle against Sevilla. He is fit again now and is likely to appear in cup competition.