Liverpool can save themselves a fortune by utilising two teenagers correctly. The Reds have to bank on them now, however.
Liverpool’s squad is an interesting one. The first team is elite and, arguably, the best in the world. Their success when together certainly points that way.
But their depth is seriously lacking. Take the forwards for example – Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Takumi Minamino.
Liverpool barely use any of them and they’ve rarely had a consistent run of games over the last two seasons. In fact, both Origi and Shaqiri could still leave this month, leaving the Reds with just Minamino.
Replacing them would cost quite a bit of money and are Liverpool willing to invest that in fifth and sixth-choice players? We’re not so sure.
Midfield is notable, too. The first-choice three – Fabinho, Jordan Henderson & Thiago – are fantastic. Beyond that, however, things get thin.
James Milner is 35, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is very injury prone, while Naby Keita is yet to click into the squad and show his best. There is Curtis Jones, however, who looks ready to have a place for years to come.
So Liverpool lack much depth beyond their first XIs. At the very least, what they do have is questionable. On top of that, the first-team stars are all pushing 30.
Both Henderson and Thiago are past that mark. Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be there within 18 months.
It’s unreasonable to believe that all five will be brilliant for another four years. Liverpool need to think about replacing them and with that comes a great cost.
But perhaps they can mitigate it. Liverpool could turn to two teenagers to save a huge amount of cash.
Star Liverpool teenagers
Harvey Elliott and Kaide Gordon are exceptional talents but still unproven at the top level. It does appear that the former will get his chance this season, though.
But it’s probably worth giving Gordon plenty of minutes this season, too. The development could save Liverpool millions.
The Reds will need elite, first-team signings over the next few years and they cost an awful lot. That cost is harder to meet if you’re also having to buy quality backup players.
But if Liverpool commit to giving Elliott and Gordon first-team minutes this season, they can save the cost of backup players. The two are too young to become stars in the next few years but they can certainly become talented backups.
Both can cover the wings, pushing Liverpool’s forward numbers to six or seven. Elliott is then a capable midfielder, too, adding to the numbers there.
Liverpool would then have far more comfort in spending big on a talented forward in one of the upcoming windows. In not worrying about the backup roles, the Reds could secure a bigger star.
But it means putting faith in Elliott and Gordon now, before deals are made. Let them prove themselves this season and Liverpool could benefit massively.