In addition to this quartet, Liverpool also have 18-year-old Harvey Elliott, who had appeared in each of their opening four Premier League games of the season, playing the full 90 minutes in two, before unfortunately fracturing his ankle in their 3-0 win over Leeds United back in September.
FSG secured the signing of the teenager from Fulham back in the 2019 summer transfer window when he was just 16 after breaking into the Cottagers’ first team, with three senior appearances under his belt in the 2018/19 season.
Since then, Elliott has managed to break into Liverpool’s senior team after scoring three goals and providing four assists in 13 appearances for their under-23 side before scoring seven goals and providing 11 assists in 42 appearances for Blackburn Rovers during a loan spell with the Championship club last season.
Back to the present, it seems as though FSG have their eyes on securing a new young talent for the Merseyside club in the same way they did with Elliott, which we feel was a masterclass move from them.
It has recently been reported in the Daily Mail that Liverpool are among the clubs interested in signing Manchester City youngster James McAtee, who has been described as an “intelligent” player by the club’s under-23 manager Brian Barry-Murphy.
As a product of City’s youth academy, the 19-year-old – who is currently valued at £450k according to Transfermarkt – has made 34 appearances for their under-18 side, scoring 15 goals and providing nine assists. He has also played 38 times for their under-23 side, with 19 goals and 14 assists in the process, highlighting how prolific an attacking young talent he is and why Liverpool and the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United, Ajax and Atletico Madrid are apparently interested in signing him.
Last month, it was reported by The Athletic that City had rejected a bid of £8m from fellow Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion for McAtee, showing that the Manchester club are not keen on letting the teenager go, which could make it difficult for Liverpool or anyone else to sign him.
However, if the Reds are keen on securing City’s young attacking midfielder, we feel that FSG should try their best to sign McAtee to see if he can follow the same path as Elliott and break into Jurgen Klopp’s team in the near future. That would be ideal for the Merseyside club given the age of some of their current midfielders such as James Milner (35), Jordan Henderson (31) and Thiago Alcantara (30).