Liverpool have been known to famously produce some of the Premier League’s top stars in the past such as Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen among many others from their youth academy.
Nowadays, Liverpool currently has the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Caoimhin Kelleher in their senior squad that have emerged through the youth ranks at the Merseyside club.
Yet, one player that we feel could go on to follow in the same path as some of the previously mentioned players residing in Jurgen Klopp’s team is 20-year-old Elijah Dixon-Bonner.
Since joining the Merseyside club’s youth team back in the 2015 summer transfer window from fellow Premier League club Arsenal, Dixon-Bonner has made 46 appearances for Liverpool’s U18 side, scoring three goals and providing five assists as well as making 50 appearances for their U23 side, netting five times and supplying one assist along the way.
Not only does this show how much experience Dixon-Bonner has under his belt at youth level, but it also shows that he has some attacking prowess within him with the number of goals he’s been involved in.
The midfielder, who has been described in recent weeks as “incredible” by Klopp, has also made two senior appearances for the Reds, both being two one-minute cameos in their 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup last season and their recent 2-0 win over Preston North End in the Carabao Cup.
If Dixon-Bonner can continue to play regularly for the U23s and get some significant senior minutes under his belt, we have every confidence that he could follow in the footsteps of Jones and be the next version of the current Liverpool senior midfielder.
The England U21 international has risen to prominence over the last few seasons, making 56 senior outings for the Reds in which he has managed to score eight goals and provide nine assists after working his way through the youth system.
Jones has also managed to rack up a decent number of goals and assists in a similar fashion to that of Dixon-Bonner, showing the similarities between the two players not just from a positional sense on the pitch.
Additionally, with current Reds midfielder Naby Keita sustaining a hamstring injury in their recent 2-2 draw against Brighton, we feel that this could potentially offer the young Liverpool starlet a pathway into the senior squad.