Not Allen or Aspas: Three players playing for their Liverpool futures

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As Liverpool look set to, at the very least, claim a top 4 spot in the Premier League, we take a look at three players that will need to work hard to prove they're up to Champions League standard.

It has been a terrific season for Liverpool, especially after 4 years finishing between 6th and 8th position in the Premier League.

However, as is often the case with football, success is a doubled-edged sword. The players in the squad that got Liverpool there, or at least in our case, in the Liverpool squad that got there, are the most at risk of losing their place because of their hard-work in getting there.

For our example in particular, we are looking at three young English players that, with higher expectations, may not be quite up to scratch and will need to improve themselves if they're to have a future at Anfield.

Andre Wisdom

Despite being England's under-21 captain and a former Liverpool first-team player, he will undoubtedly have to improve a lot to be considered top four Premier League standard.

He looks incredibly promising, however, as his loan to the Championship has proved, he still has a long way to go. And he now has 10 games left with the Rams, and perhaps the play-offs to prove himself to be the best in the Championship. 

Ordinarily there would be no question over the youngster's return, however, when you consider what it takes to be a top four player, then he will need to do something considerable to prove it.

Martin Kelly

As a former England player there should be no doubts over the 23-year-old's ability, however, after suffering a bad injury early on in his career, it looks to have taken its toll on his development.

He has made just five substitute appearances for Liverpool this season and has arguably been leapfrogged in the queue for a first-team spot at Anfield.

Although an England call-up, in my opinion, is out of the question, there is nothing to say if he works hard and does well that he can't play a major role in Liverpool's title run-in.

I believe anything other than keeping his head in and around the team is likely to cost him his place in the squad next season. Especially as defenders will be high on Rodgers's wishlist.

Jack Robinson

Once a highly-rated young Liverpool full-back, now part of a Championship defence that has conceded 52 goals in 36 matches.

It's fair to say out of anybody on this list, that Robinson has it all to do in his next 10 games for Blackpool, especially as they could be dragged into a relegation battle.

It's never good to write young players off, however, if he doesn't show something substantial over the next couple of months then you would have to say, the writings on the wall regarding his future.

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