Liverpool crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday after a 5-0 defeat at Aston Villa. They did have a team out with an average age of just 19, however.
Here are three players from that young side who appear set for decent careers.
Let’s start with the obvious one. Elliott looks like a star in the making and will surely be in the first-team picture before long. If he’s this good at 16, he’ll easily be good enough when he’s 18.
With Elliott, it’s more of a question of how far he can go. He appears to be a complete wide player, honestly, able to run with the ball, shoot, create, and press like a mad man.
With Jurgen Klopp staying until at least 2024, you can bet Elliott becomes his pet project soon.
Kane could have had a hat-trick against Villa – both a good sign and a bad sign. On the one hand, he should have scored at least once. One the other, he did brilliantly to consistently threaten from midfield.
But we know Kane has a career ahead of him. If he left tomorrow, he’d have an abundance of offers from at least League One sides thanks to his performances on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season.
While he might not make it at Liverpool – and thanks to competition in midfield, it’s difficult to see how he could – but he’s certainly got a professional career ahead.
Hoever has now played three times for the senior side and looked decent every time. His debut against Wolves last January was promising and his first start, against MK Dons this season, even more so as he scored from right-back.
Hoever looked the most assured of the Liverpool defenders on show against Villa, too. He certainly didn’t thrive – no one really did – but his talent was clear.
It does look like he’ll have to prove he can compete centrally, though. Neco Williams appears to be ahead of him at right-back now, meaning Hoever may need to show versatility to force his way into the senior setup.