Liverpool have been recruiting some of the best and brightest for the academy in recent years. The policy aims to save the Reds money further down the line – it’s always cheaper to make a superstar than to buy one. Such is the strength of the academy we’ve seen three Liverpool academy stars called up to the England U18s squad.
18-year-old centre back Jarell Quansah has been with Liverpool since he was five-years-old.
The towering defender is captain of the U18s side and can play at right back if needed.
The defender has been enjoying a strong season in the heart of Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s defence.
His fine form has been recognised by yet another call up to the England youth set up.
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Marauding left back James Norris has been mimicking Andy Robertson for the U18s this season.
The Scouser puts in a ludicrous amount of crosses each game, testament to his work rate.
The 17-year-old has already featured for England at U17 level but his strong form this season has earned himself a call up to the U18s for the upcoming game with Wales.
Arguably the most exciting teenager at the academy, James Balagizi joined the Reds from Manchester City’s academy at U11 level.
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder signed his first pro deal with the Reds in September 2020.
A nimble, fleet footed forward who opponents just can’t seem to tackle at times, he is also gifted with an eye for a pass.
The youngster has represented England at U17 level and will relish the step up to U18 level.
He has often excelled above his age, debuting for the Liverpool U18s at 15-years-old and scoring twice.