Liverpool are top and bottom of Europe when it comes to academy graduates. A recent study shows the Reds’ situation.
CIES Football Observatory have put out a study of academy graduates across Europe, with Liverpool showing interesting results.
When it comes to academy graduates playing in Europe’s Big 5 leagues, for instance, Liverpool are joint-bottom.
There are only 11 ex-Reds youngsters playing throughout the Premier League, Ligue 1, the Bundesliga, Serie A and La Liga.
That puts Liverpool at the same level as Espanyol, Hertha BSC, Borussia Dortmund, Nice, and Mainz 05.
For comparison, Real Madrid top the list with a whopping 43. Manchester United are the best from England – they have 24 youngsters throughout the leagues.
From bottom to top
A look elsewhere in the study actually has Liverpool top Europe, however.
CIES have built a score for each side based on the level of club a team’s youngsters play for throughout these leagues. The higher quality of the team, the better your score.
And Liverpool max-out with 2.0 – the only team to do so. They’re just ahead of Bayern Munich and Barcelona, in second and third respectively.
So while Liverpool don’t have many players who make it at the top level, the ones that do reach the very top, it seems.
Hopefully, that will benefit Liverpool in the long-run. They can clearly develop elite youngsters, as their own first-team squad shows right now.
Hopefully, there are more to come, then. The trick will be maintaining the quality as more come through, but we’re not worried about that as a problem.
There are a lot of very gifted young players coming through the academy right now. Some of whom we think could make it at Anfield.
Paul Glatzel, for one, while we’re seeing Rhys Williams sneak into the first-team at the moment.
So the next time CIES put out that list, we don’t expect Liverpool to be bottom of the overall number category.