Liverpool have one of the best development squads in the country and one of the most exciting Under-21 sides to watch across Europe, with Brendan Rodgers always looking to get the next best teenager into his first team as quickly as possible.
The Reds have been linked with youngster Will Hughes who has created an exciting reputation for himself in the Championship.
However, there are several youngsters at Liverpool fighting for first team opportunities, some are even on loan playing their football in different parts of Europe and those players mean that signing Hughes doesn’t have to be a priority.
Here are five players who are reasons Liverpool don’t have to spend over the odds to get the Derby man.
Coady is currently on loan with League One side Sheffield United, gaining experience despite the team’s bad start to the season.
Coady has thrived under the pressure of leading the England Under-20 side and he’s a far more versatile player than many may think, able to play in the middle of defence or in a holding midfield role.
Ibe is one of the most exciting players currently in the Liverpool youth setup.
He made his senior first team debut at the end of last season and can play down either side of the midfield. He’s already knocking on the first team door despite only being 17-years-old.
Adorjan is a 20-year-old forward player, able to play in behind a main striker or at the top of a midfield system.
He’s on loan with FC Groningen when he’s already secured a strike rate of one goal per two games played. He’s also made a huge impression with the Norwegian Under-21 side with three goals in five matches.
Teixeira has just returned to the club following a loan spell with League One side Brentford and he scored on his return to the Under-21 team as they thrashed Tottenham Hotspur.
He’s played for Portugal at six different levels despite being just 20-years-old and he’s an attractive ball player, able to sit in the heart of any side and pull the strings, controlling the pace and variety of the play.
Dunn is arguably the most exciting player of the current development squad because of his versatility.
Dunn can play down the right wing, he can lead the midfield and he can play a variety of roles as a striker. He progressed from the club’s academy and is the same age as transfer target Hughes.
What do you think? Should Liverpool pay £15m or look for current youth team players to graduate?
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