In recent years, Liverpool have focused on signing promising players at a young age and developing them into stars of the future and a prime example of this transfer policy adopted by Liverpool is Philippe Coutinho. The little magician was signed for just £8.5m from Inter Milan and has now turned into one of the best players in the Premier League. Another example of Liverpool’s focus on young talent is Raheem Sterling. The Englishman arrived at Liverpool when he was 16 from QPR for just £600,000 and was later sold by the Merseyside club for £44m with another £5m in add-ons.
The focus on developing young players and integrating them into the first team is a vital part of Liverpool’s future and for this purpose; they have a manager who is renowned for developing budding talents. Jurgen Klopp oversaw the rise to stardom of players like Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze, Ilkay Gundogan and Mats Hummels among many others and this is proof that the future of Liverpool’s talented youngsters is in good hands.
In a recent interview, Klopp promised that he will offer a chance for the academy players to stake their claim in the first team before looking elsewhere for reinforcements. So here are seven players aged 21 and below who are earmarked for a bright future.
Allan Rodrigues de Souza
Position: Central midfield
Liverpool have a thing for talented Brazilian players and young Allan is the fourth Selecao player in the squad after Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
Allan’s best position is in central midfield from where he can pull the strings as he has excellent vision, tenacity and ball-winning abilities. On top of that, he has a good left-foot with which he can unleash a powerful shot from distance.
The Reds signed Allan for just £500,000 in the summer of 2015 but had to loan the player out as he was not eligible to get a work permit. He joined Finnish club SJK on loan for the first half of 2015-6 season and scored on his debut for after coming off the bench and in the process helped his team get a 1-1 draw. He finished the season with two goals and won the league title with SJK.
Allan spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on loan with Belgian club Sint-Truiden and at the end of the loan spell, he returned to Liverpool for preseason but had to go out on loan again due to work permit issues. This time, Jurgen Klopp used his connections in Bundesliga and recommended the player to Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai.
The teenager made his debut for Hertha as a starter in a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich where he was partly at fault for one of the goals his side conceded, but he was still one of the better players for Hertha on the night. He is now a regular member of Hertha’s matchday squads and often makes substitute appearances with good impact.