Liverpool’s U19 side have achieved something they have never done before giving an exciting glimpse of the future to Jürgen Klopp.
With an ageing side at Anfield made up of several players who are seemingly coming to the end of their Liverpool careers, the focus is very much on the next generation of exciting stars to emerge under Jürgen Klopp.
This summer, Julian Ward’s transfer window has definitely reflected that with all of his acquisitions under the age of 23 at first team level. But below the surface, it’s not just at first team level where the focus has been on establishing more and more talent for the future.
The Liverpool boss has always been open to bringing through young talent, and has built the career of the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones or Harvey Elliott by promoting them from the club’s academy into the first team.
However, while Liverpool have always had talented individuals, perhaps they have never had such an exciting crop of young players coming through the ranks at the same time.
Right now the club’s U19 side are a particularly strong group, and they have recently recorded a historic first by becoming the first Liverpool team since the iteration of the UEFA Youth League to win their first three consecutive group-stage games of the season.
A 4-0 annihilation against Ajax, as well as a tight 2-1 victory over Napoli and now another 4-1 demolition over Rangers, has ensured Liverpool have gotten off to the perfect start, and they already look on course to make it to the knock-out stages of the competition.
Captained by Jarell Quansah, who was an U19 European champion with England over the summer, and is one of the most talented centre-backs to have come through the ranks at Kirkby in recent years, Liverpool have a very strong unit.
Quansah has the likes of Luke Chambers and Isaac Mabaya, who caught the eye in pre-season alongside him in the defensive line.
Meanwhile, in midfield, one of Liverpool’s youngest ever Premier League debutants, Bobby Clark is definitely one to watch alongside Melkamu Frauendorf.
In attack, Trent Kone-Doherty and Ben Doak have been a revelation since their arrival at Liverpool this summer, and they are supported by the ever-so prolific Oakley Cannonier.
That is a strong base of players, who despite their tender age, have all made tentative steps into senior football at Liverpool or outside of the club.
What is even more impressive is that Kaide Gordon, who is injured, and Stefan Bajčetić, who has been involved with the first team are also eligible to represent Liverpool in the UEFA Youth League, and if they are involved later on in the competition, then it’s hard to argue that this crop wouldn’t have what it takes to go all the way.
Undoubtedly, considering a fair few of the players involved have already made their debuts for the club whether in a friendly or in a competitive fixture means they are already on Klopp’s radar, and if the team continues to catch the eye, there will be more opportunities coming their way.
One thing is for certain: the future is bright at Anfield!