Liverpool have a number of young players who have the talent to be a huge success at Anfield.
Liverpool are enjoying a remarkable season and could pip the likelier lads to a Premier League title that would be richly deserved.
After the indiscretions of Luis Suarez and the question marks surrounding his future, Brendan Rodgers managed the situation perfectly, and he is now benefitting from a player who has rarely been better, and a squad who are peaking (for this season) at just the right time.
The Reds’ 5-1 victory over Arsenal sent a message that could not be ignored. And yet in many ways it was Steven Gerrard’s late penalty and the 3-2 victory over Fulham that really proved Rodgers’ side are viable title contenders.
As well as Liverpool’s more experienced players have been performing this season, it is their next generation that have really caught the eye, with Jon Flanagan pushing for an England call-up, Raheem Sterling almost certainly on the plane to Brazil and Philippe Coutinho pulling the strings like only a Brazilian can.
But perhaps most excitingly for Liverpool fans is that those three young players are just the tip of the iceberg.
Joao Teixeira may have only played a cameo role in the win at Craven Cottage, but he showed enough to suggest he will be a huge fan-favourite (and considerable success) at Anfield. Then there is Tiago Ilori, who failed to break through following his summer move from Sporting Lisbon and yet has excelled on loan for Granada.
And what about Suso – the 20-year-old winger who tantalised Reds fans last season before heading on loan to Almeria for this campaign, where he has two goals and eight assists to date?
And not forgetting Andre Wisdom, who did not look out of place in Rodgers’ starting line-up before he headed to Derby County to aid their promotion push; or Jordon Ibe, who has the raw talent to be a huge success.
In short, many clubs are hailed for bringing through young players, but Liverpool are on the verge of something amazing with their current crop. They really are that good.
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