Fancy a new Carragher? Here's three young English defenders Liverpool could look at

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Here's a look at three young English defenders that could play a part in Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool blueprint for success.

As exciting as Premier League football can be, you would be hard pushed to find a more entertaining venue in the country than Anfield for entertaining football at current. 

The Reds are currently sat fourth in the table, despite scoring a monumental 70 goals - just one off the number they managed in the whole of last season. And since they were humbled mid-October by Southampton, they've not failed to score at home since. In fact, they've not failed to score two or more goals at home since.

Away from home they can have no complaints either, currently sitting as the league's highest scoring away team with a staggering 28 goals in 13 matches. 

As it stands however their defensive side could use a little improvement and perhaps the current batch of exciting young English defenders could be their answer. 

We take a look at three defenders they could look at if they are to go down the home grown route. 

Harry Maguire - Sheffield United

A player that represents everything fans want in a talented youngster. A sensible head on stacked shoulders, and quite simply is a very natural defender. 

In League One it has been hard for him to really showcase his abilities and truth be told, he has been let down by the players next to him in the Sheffield United line-up. 

Yet he has won United's Player of the Year award in two consecutive years, which is a fantastic achievement for a player yet to celebrate his 21st birthday. It's not been uncommon for the top teams in the country to watch the Sheffield United defender, with the player having previous links to Manchester United and Chelsea. 

Kieran Trippier - Burnley

Burnley's full-back has been sensational for the Lancashire club this season, producing 13 assists from right-back in 32 games. For anyone that watches the Football League, he is firmly and I have to say the undisputed best full-back in the division, including the likes of other promising Liverpool youngsters such as Wisdom and Robinson. In fact, I doubt many would disagree if he was called the best player in the division. 

The former Manchester City youth prospect is an attack minded full-back that has been the core of everything good about Burnley this season, who stand a fantastic chance of promotion and currently sit second in the Championship table. As good as he is attacking he is equally as good at the back. 

Burnley have conceded just 26 goals in 32 games this season, and just like their attacking play, he has been one of the main reasons behind their impenetrable defence. 

Jamaal Lascelles - Nottingham Forest

The England U20 defender is already on the list of potential targets for Liverpool this summer, according to various reports including The Mirror.

Brendan Rodgers has apparently sent his chief scout to watch the young defender during his breakthrough season, in which he has had a huge impact playing a large part in Nottingham Forest's promotion push. Billy Davies' side currently sit 5th in the league still holding on to the hope they can finish inside the top two. 

He is an athletic defender with masses of potential. He is strong in the air, good in a foot race and a good footballing centre-back with capabilities playing both short and long balls accurately under-pressure. 

Lascelles could be a good fit for Liverpool, but due to just breaking through into the first-team could use a little more experience. 

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