Liverpool have produced some exceptional players at the academy down the years. In recent seasons we’ve seen the emergence of Curtis Jones and the game changing introduction of Trent Alexander-Arnold. One of our brightest youngsters has secured a temporary move away with Leighton Clarkson set to join Blackburn Rovers on loan.
Best and brightest
The Reds’ academy is never short of talent but in the past few years the quality has come on leaps and bounds.
This is in part due to the club’s recruitment strategy with the Reds buying up wonderkids across the world.
Mateusz Musialowski was signed from SMS Lodz in Poland whilst Marcelo Pitaluga joined from Fluminense in Brazil.
Closer to home we signed Kaide Gordon from Derby County.
Each of these signings has been a success with Gordon looking like making a competitive debut at just 16-years-old this season.
Leighton Clarkson joins Blackburn on loan
Plenty of our most exciting talents have been with the club since childhood.
Leighton Clarkson joined the academy at just 6-years-old.
The 19-year-old has been moulded into a combative defensive midfielder with an impressive passing range.
He’s caught the eye of the boss with Jürgen Klopp describing him as one of the club’s ‘biggest talents’, he’s also earned the nickname ‘Phillip Lahm’.
The Athletic has reported that Leighton Clarkson will be joining Blackburn Rovers on loan this season.
The midfielder will be following in the footsteps of Harvey Elliott who enjoyed an incredibly successful spell under Tony Mowbray last season.
Clarkson himself will be relishing the opportunity having supported the Rovers since he was a kid.
What RTK has to say
Liverpool sending Leighton Clarkson to Blackburn is a great move for all involved.
The 19-year-old is more than ready for first team action but he won’t get enough of it at Anfield.
This season could be the making of him; he is small and slight of frame, having to deal with the physical rigours of the Championship is perfect for him.
We’ll be watching his games closely, he’s certainly one for the future.