Is this teenager wasting his time at Liverpool?

Anfield

Adam Morgan could easily end up being the best striker never to get a crack at Premier League football with Liverpool.

He’s a 19-year-old forward who just doesn’t seem to be able to get into Brendan Rodgers’ first team plans and his future in the Liverpool senior side is looking bleak.

Rodgers has done some tremendous work at Anfield in creating a sustainable youth system, which regularly supplies young and talented players from the Development Squad to the first team.

It therefore seems sadly ironic that Morgan is one of the best players from the youth ranks at the club, who doesn’t look as though he’s going to get a chance to play for the first team at any point in the near future.

Teenage winger Jordon Ibe started on the final game of the season against Queens Park Rangers, a player younger and less prolific than Morgan for the youth teams.

Granted, he does play in a different position but if Rodgers was thinking of throwing youngsters into the team, giving them their chance to play in front of the Kop then Morgan should have been in the mix. 

He did make Europa League and domestic cup appearances last season but any young player, especially a striker, wants to score league goals in front of the Kop, the pinnacle of playing for Liverpool.

Daniel Sturridge, Fabio Borini and Luis Suarez are the only strikers at the club, not counting Andy Carroll, which suggests that he should be given a crack at making an impact next year, even if it’s just as a sub.

All of those players have the ability to lead the Liverpool attack for at least the next four or five years, banking on the fact Suarez stays at the club, meaning Morgan could be well into his 20s by the time he can get a fair run of first team games in the league.

Liverpool are also being linked with strikers now the season is over ahead of the summer transfer window.

Iago Aspas of Celta Vigo has been mentioned as a target, as has long term target Darren Bent of Aston Villa.

If Liverpool opt for either, Rodgers has his quartet of strikers heading into the next two or three seasons and barring a poor run of injuries or any high profile sales, it’s difficult to see how Morgan will get into the side.

He’s now got a very difficult decision to make over whether to try and stay at the club, confront the odds and fight his way into the senior side or he could look for a loan move.

The worst case situation for the club is if he decides he’s just not going to get that chance with Liverpool, making it easy for him to request and achieve a move away from the club becoming one of the most talented forwards never to make a Premier League appearance for the team.

Can Morgan force his way into Premier League contention or should he move on?

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