St George’s Day is here, and it’s one of the few occasions each year that Englishman get all patriotic. As a nation, we tend to shy away from sticking our chests out and bragging about what we have going for us, so let’s change that today and talk about how we’re ready to take the world of football by storm.
English football produces plenty of talented young players, and Liverpool have certainly done their share down the years, giving out great names such as Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Michael Owen and Steve McManaman. But are there any more talents waiting to drop off the conveyer belt? Yes! And here are FIVE on the verge of the breakthrough…
Since scoring a League Cup goal against Middlesbrough earlier this season, Rossiter has faded away a little at Liverpool. A few appearances as on the sub’s bench have come along since, but the 18-year-old has been, as of yet, unable to break through – albeit he has suffered with injury issues. A little on the slight side in terms of build, the teenager needs to do some bulking up, but should he prove himself during the Reds’ pre-season work – which he’s sure to be a part of – he’ll be in line to feature next term, especially as Gerrard’s exit will thin out Brendan Rodgers’ midfield options.
A local lad who bears similarities with the aforementioned Liverpool skipper, Rossiter is one to watch.
Brannagan has popped up on the bench in recent weeks as Rodgers’ squad has become ever depleted in terms of numbers, which suggests that he’s very much on the fringes of the first-team. Able to play on either flank or as a ‘No. 10’, the 18-year-old is well suited to the Reds’ current set-up and has been earning rave reviews for his showings in the club’s youth and reserve sides.
The youngest player to have ever played for Liverpool – 16 years and six days old against West Brom in the League Cup back in 2012 – Sinclair’s talents are not fresh news for Liverpool fans. A physically imposing striker with electric pace, the 18-year-old – currently on loan at Wigan – has bags of potential, even if some consider him to be a little too blunt for the top level. A pre-season chance awaits, and with Liverpool short of strikers, who knows what a few goals could do.
Also on loan at Wigan – he’s made 11 appearances for the Latics – Ojo is thought of as one of the Reds’ top young talents. Signed from the MK Dons’ youth set-up, The winger is similar in some ways to Raheem Sterling – poached from QPR – with his game all about speed of movement an quick feet. He’s appeared on the Liverpool bench already, hinting that he’s in line for a first-team role.
Okay, Wisdom has made his Liverpool debut and featured regularly early in Brendan Rodgers’ tenure at Anfield, but he’s hardly broken through. Loan spells at Derby and West Brom – he’s still at the Hawthorns – have afforded the versatile defender game time, which he could use to get back to Merseyside and make an impact. Able to play at right-back or centre-back, Wisdom is adept on the ball considering his size and physicality, and could be of use when/if Glen Johnson leaves this summer.