The Reds parted with around £1 million for Welsh youngster Danny Ward and Sporting Lisbon’s Joao Carlos Teixeira, who has drawn comparisons with ex-Barcelona and Chelsea playmaker Deco. This is a stark comparison to the fees in excess of £50 million paid for Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll a year ago.
Perhaps this drastic change is a sign of things to come for the Merseysiders, who now have the opportunity to lower their spending and instead turn to a wealth of talented youngsters looking to break into Kenny Dalglish’s first team set-up.
The impacts of players such as Martin Kelly and Jay Spearing, who have notched up a combined 79 senior appearances, as well as the likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Robinson and Jon Flanagan show the extent of the talent Liverpool have at their future disposal.
With UEFA’s new financial Fair Play rules expected to come into action in the not too distant future and the struggling world economy, which looks to have finally caught up with the almost parallel world of top flight football, it could be the right time for Liverpool to put their faith in youth.
Anybody who has been following the Reds over the course of the last few years would have noticed an influx of young players for sizable fees, hinting at a real investment in talent for the future of the first-team. This work was set in place upon Dalglish’s return, in an ambassadorial role, during 2009, where the Scot worked closely with the Academy to secure the most talented youngsters available, after the departure of Steve Heighway.
Since then the Reds have beaten many of Europe’s elite clubs to the signings of players such as Raheem Sterling, Toni Silva and Danny Wilson, all of whom have been earning rave reviews for their performances in Liverpool’s Youth and Reserve teams.
Arguably the most exciting player currently looking to break through to the first team set-up is Jesus Fernandez Saez or ‘Suso’ as he is better known. Signed from Cadiz at the tender age of 15, the tricky little Spaniard is generating real excitement in the corridors of Melwood, and is even being spoken about in the same breath as Steven Gerrard, in terms of his long term potential. Suso rejected overtures from his boyhood club Real Madrid as well as Barcelona to move to the North-West of England, and is believed to be a player who is being watched closely by King Kenny, with a view to a place in the first team squad in the not too distant future.
Suso is by no means the only player to have the talent necessary to be a future Anfield hero as the academy bulges with players waiting for their opportunity. Should Liverpool’s big spending dry up, there shouldn’t be any cause for concern; the future looks very bright indeed.
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