How Brendan Rodgers is boosting Liverpool in the transfer market

Raheem Sterling And Rodgers

So Liverpool did not have a great transfer window, but Brendan Rodgers is laying down the foundations to sign more excellent young players in the future.

Liverpool's 14th place in the Premier League table belies the confidence around the club at present, after winning three of their last four in all competitions and scoring 13 goals in the process, they are on the up.

This is in no large part to the youngsters, who have been integral in their recent resurgence. They have injected a real 'oomph' into the squad, taking their opportunity by the scruff of the neck.

To run briefly through the cast of young performers; Raheem Sterling, Suso, Andre Wisdom, Dani Pacheco, Jonjo Shelvey while Samed Yesil and youngest ever player Jerome Sinclair have also had cameos.

With Adam Morgan, Michael Ngoo, Connor Coady and Jack Robinson all waiting for their chances, the future is bright, with talents like Jordan Ibe and Dan Smith also further down the queue.

Brendan Rodgers spoke last month how Sterling had inspired the other young players, having promoted one young player, it had a knock on effect; "I've seen the marked difference in the enthusiasm and desire of the young players who have come up to training, because of one reason - they have hope."

It is a self-fulfilling cycle, so long as the players are good enough, and all the early signs show they are. But it is a further knock on effect which holds perhaps the biggest positive for the club.

Brendan Rodgers is on the way to helping Liverpool become the premier destination for young players across Europe, in the same way Arsenal once was, and still is, under Arsene Wenger.

Ask yourself this, if you were a talented young player age 18, where would you rather sign, for Premier League champions Manchester City, or Liverpool, even though the Reds are 50/50 at best to even qualify for next year's Champions League?

Forget all the history of the clubs, the answer should be simple, and based on one thing, playing time - And the answer should be Liverpool.

Youngsters will be looking at Liverpool and seeing that Brendan Rodgers is a manager who will give youth a chance. Rafa Benitez must take credit too, for helping create such an excellent academy during his tenure at Anfield.

Looking elsewhere, Manchester United lost talented young Frenchman Paul Pogba last season after not giving him enough opportunities, while Chelsea have lost Scott Sinclair, Gokhan Tore, Fabio Borini and Miroslav Stoch in recent seasons from their youth set up, because they did not want to give the youngsters a chance to prove themselves.

There is little doubt that Rodgers' actions and team selection will help Liverpool in future transfer windows to snap up some of Europe's best young talent, who just want a stage to showcase their ability, and will feel Liverpool is the best place to do so and that can only be a positive.

What he must do, is continue in the same vein, and not sign a bunch of established stars in January and send all the youngsters he is relying on back to the bench, but it seems unlikely, for they are giving him absolutely no reason to do so, proving so far that they really are capable of making an impact.

Is Rodgers helping Liverpool become a top destination for Europe's best young talent, even more so than before?

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