From Ballon d’Or winner Michael Owen to game changer Trent Alexander-Arnold, the Liverpool academy has historically produced some of the brightest stars in the game. One of the most talented cohorts of recent years is currently breaking through into the first team and the cub are making sure they keep ahold of them by tieing down the best of the bunch to new long term contracts. Liverpool handing out so many long term contracts to youth players is a tactic vindicated by recent reports that Manchester City could lose Eric Garcia for a snip.

Liverpool handing out a string of long term contracts is a sensible approach when you consider Manchester City's situation with Eric Garcia.

Liverpool handing out a string of long term contracts is a sensible approach when you consider Manchester City’s situation with Eric Garcia. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

Liverpool teens get new contracts

In recent months Liverpool have been handing out new long term contracts to their youth players.

We have seen Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Jake Cain, Leighton Clarkson, Layton Clarkson and Tom Hill, among others, sign new long term contracts in the last few weeks.

These youth players in particular have proved their value to the club given that each of them starred in the club’s cup campaign when the first team squad was stretched thin.

City could lose Garcia cheap

Eric Garcia is undeniably a centre half with immense potential. The 19-year-old Spaniard joined the Citizens from Barcelona aged 17 and has gone on to make 13 Premier League appearances.

The teenager is destined for a bright future in the game, he has certainly held his own at the highest level.

Garcia is now entering the last year of his contract at City and, according to The Independent, has rejected a new contract.

 

This leaves City in a perilous position and 90min has claimed that Pep Guardiola’s side will now accept an offer from Barcelona of €15-20m.

Liverpool contracts save money

Whilst it may have previously been seen as risky to hand out several long term contracts to players unproven at the top level, the tactic seems sensible when you look at the plight of Man City.

Garcia could go on to be one of the best defenders of the next decade if he continues to be given game time.

In a few years time the Spaniard could be worth an astronomical amount, he would be worth a fair bit now if he had a longer contract.

Despite his bags of potential City may well be forced into losing him for a snip because they didn’t tie him down to a long term contract – the Reds won’t be facing a similar situation with Harvey Elliott or Curtis Jones.

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