Another Kop Flop - when will Liverpool find the next Gerrard ?

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This week, Adam Morgan became the latest in a long line of Liverpool youngsters to leave Anfield.

Will Liverpool ever be able to develop another Steven Gerrard or Jamie Carragher from within ?

The two Liverpool legends, who both rose through the ranks at the Anfield club, are the last truly top talents to have come from within the Reds' youth academy.

Since then, there have been very few signs of youngsters that are good enough to break into Liverpool's first-team, let alone play for England.

The case of Adam Morgan is unfortunately a case in point. The 19-year-old this week completed a permanent move from Liverpool to Yeovil, initially after spending December on loan with the Championship side. 

Clearly, Liverpool saw limited potential in the striker, as the club did with Jay Spearing, David Amoo and Nathan Eccleston, amongst others.

Indeed, the only truly promising talents to have come through the Liverpool youth set-up recently have been Martin Kelly (injured), Suso (initially signed from Cadiz and now on loan at Almeria) and Raheem Sterling (initially signed from QPR).

The likes of Conor Coady, Andre Wisdom and Jack Robinson, meanwhile, have all been loaned to further develop their careers, and it remains to be seen whether they will ever make the Liverpool grade. Jordan Rossiter may prove to be the exception.

Indeed, it looks as though Liverpool's youth academy is lagging behind those of their Premier League rivals. Arsenal, for one, have produced Jack Wilshere, Serge Gnabry and several others, while Everton have created Ross Barkley - together with Wayne Rooney and Jack Rodwell. And Southampton's youth set-up has clearly delivered the goods over the years.

Defender Jon Flanagan has made great strides on Merseyside this season, while the Reds were responsible for the development of Tom Ince, now producing at Championship level with Blackpool.

For the most part, though, it seems that Liverpool's recent crop of youngsters have disappointed at the top level. 

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