Liverpool’s academy has been massively successful over the years, it has produced a Ballon d’Or winner in Michael Owen and a great of the game in Steven Gerrard. In more recent years, we have seen Trent Alexander-Arnold burst through into the first team and become one of the best players in the world in his position.
Since the emergence of Trent, we haven’t seen any other youth prospects rearing their head in the first team. However, with Liverpool making no first team signings this summer, the club will have to rely on the strength of depth in the club, including the youth. Liverpool assistant boss Pep Lijnders was speaking ahead of the Reds away trip to MK Dons in the League Cup, he took the opportunity in his prematch press conference to highlight the importance of youth in the squad this year.
In the press conference, available on the Liverpool FC YouTube channel, he said: “we consciously decided to have a small squad because we want to promote young players,” a big boost for the likes of Rhian Brewster. Lijnders was emphatic in his belief in the youngsters in the squad, his told us, “we are trying to create a new generation.”
Brewster is the most likely to make the step into the first team this year, Lijnders spoke about the England international’s progress, saying “[it] makes us all proud. He’s a player who has goal in him, he has technique, good physically. He is a complete striker.”
Liverpool are crying out for cover for their front 3. If the Reds are able to promote Rhian Brewster and get him firing in the Premier League then Anfield could well be witnessing a new generation.