Liverpool are a club who are always willing to give academy players a chance.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is evidence that if you are good enough you are old enough at Anfield.
The Reds youth side currently boasts several players who could enjoy a breakout year in 2020.
Here are three Liverpool prospects you should definitely watch out for over the next 12 months.
Curtis Jones will already be on most fans’ radars. The 18-year-old Scouser featured in two Carabao Cup games and appears to be our standout youth prospect. He literally changed the game when he came on against Arsenal earlier this season and could well break into the first-team in 2020.
Throughout 2019 his form at youth level has been incredible. For Neil Critchely and Barry Lewtas he has been a consistent sources of goals, assists and has shown great leadership. Liverpool may well have yet another local star on their hands.
Layton Stewart is another local lad who appears to be the next big thing. At just 17 he has already proved himself a prolific goal scorer at youth level. He was introduced to U18s football at 15 by then academy coach Steven Gerrard. Now in his first full season at the level he has been in sensational form.
In all competitions he has scored 14 goals so far and appears to be our most potent goal threat whenever he plays. In 2020 I have no doubt Stewart will make his senior debut but, if he keeps improving as he has been, Stewart could be a permanent fixture in the first-team squad.
Attacking midfielder Jake Cain is the only player on the list not Liverpool born. The talented play maker is from Wigan and joined the Reds at nine-years-old. Last season he was involved as Liverpool won the FA Youth Cup. So far this campaign he has taken his game to a whole new level. Playing for both the Liverpool U18’s and U23’s he has been immense.
Despite being a midfielder, he has a real eye for goal and has scored nine times already this season. He has also assisted his Liverpool teammates on 12 separate occasions. Like Stewart he will certainly make his debut in 2020. From there it will be up to the player about how far he goes at Liverpool.