Will Hughes

Will Hughes

Top of the list of home-grown talents on Liverpool’s transfer radar has to be Derby County prodigy Will Hughes.

Scouts from Barcelona and Real Madrid travelled all the way to Pride Park to watch the 18 year-old in action last season, giving you some indication of how talented this kid really is.

The England U21 comes with an unusual background, first scouted whilst playing in the Public School leagues with Mickleover Jubilee.

He stood out however not only due to his near-white hair but also for his immense technical ability, a rare characteristic for English youngsters.

The Championship starlet is a talented playmaker, modelling his game on Spanish greats Andres Iniesta and Xavi, and for Derby this season he’s produced a prominent return of three goals and four assists in 23 appearances, also averaging three tackles and 1.7 key passes per game.

Being by far the best teenage technical talent in England right now, Hughes has been persistently linked with a move to Anfield, with many speculating he could become the midfield Champion of the aesthetic, possession-based brand of football Brendan Rodgers is trying to implement on Merseyside.

It’s believed Liverpool made several bids for the Rams maestro in the summer, but none meeting Derby’s asking price of £15million.

Rodgers is expected to test the transfer waters again this January, but other, more established targets will undoubtedly come first.