Liverpool may have produced a couple of stars, in Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe, recently, but that shouldn’t put you off of investing in your very own wonderkids on Football Manager 16.
The sleeping giants have a huge amount of talent at their disposal in their current squad, but its crucial to make sure you have the next generation thought of when spending your budget.
Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho will be world stars within a few seasons, but other areas of the squad unquestionably need youthful additions to make sure you challenge for a title as soon as possible.
James Milner and Martin Skrtel will need long-term replacements within the first year or so of your save, whilst the injuries that Benteke and Sturridge suffer may leave you considering replacements for your star strikers, too.
Fortunately, we have taken the liberty of making this list of the FIVE best wonderkids you can sign for Liverpool..
Brandt is the latest from Bayer Leverkusen’s talent conveyor-belt and would be one of only a couple of natural wide men in the Liverpool squad.
With Firmino, Coutinho and Lallana all more comfortable centrally, Brandt would be left to compete with Ibe for a role on the wings.
Brandt is best on the left hand side and expect to see the young German cutting inside for a shot at every possible opportunity.
Once you make it to 2018, Brandt should have an acceleration rating of nearly 20 and will be a brilliant asset for setting your side up to play rapid counter attacking football.
With the injury troubles of Benteke and Sturridge, Embolo could be an ideal third choice striker for the scouse giants.
Embolo will become one of the most complete attackers on the game and, much like Firmino, is an exceedingly versatile forward. AS Monaco will be chasing the Basel man’s signature, but the stats that are on offer should be enough for you to cough up the pounds.
Embolo is likely to have a career goal record of around one in two and could be even more prolific with Liverpool’s great creators.
Diakhate has recently been linked with a big move, in the real world, but fortunately he’s still available for a pittance on Football Manager.
The Senegalese youngster can play as a playmaker in the centre of midfield, but will be comfortable to drop into a deeper role once he matures a bit. Signing this African star from Fiorentina will be the perfect addition to Liverpool’s midfield and brings in a top quality deep lying midfielder for the first time since Xabi Alonso left the club.
Diakhate can sweep up in front of the back four and allow Emre Can to burst forward.
Yet another German suggested for Liverpool; of course!
Kimmich is another highly flexible midfield player who, when partnered with Emre Can, would offer almost the perfect combination in the middle of the park.
Unfortunately, Bayern may be reluctant to let one of the young stars go, but Kimmich’s high determination and work rate might him an ideal candidate to try and replicate a Klopp gegenpress.
Kimmich’s defensive skills are something to be wary of, particularly if you are planning on using the German in a deeper midfield role.
Samper may have been a Football Manager icon for years, but the La Masia graduate is still one of the best options for any team looking for a young defensive midfield man.
Samper’s pace is of concern, admittedly, but its probably best to think of him as a young Xabi Alonso. If you want someone to play as a regista in your system, Samper is an absolute bargain at under £10 million and the Spaniard will dictate the tempo of games however you desire.
Vision of 17 is brilliant for any player, but, considering how mental attributes increase with experience, Samper will be a star at Liverpool for years to come.