How Liverpool's under-21 side are enabling years of success at Anfield

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Liverpool's under-21 side could provide the foundations for success for several years.

Brendan Rodgers has instilled certain values at Liverpool this season which have won the side a lot of praise.

He and his players work very hard, playing an attractive brand of aggressive but sensible football and the good news is that it appears to be spreading to other parts of the club.

Liverpool’s under-21 side has been the breeding ground for several of the current first team players turning out for Rodgers as he looks to wrap up a first league title at the club since the 1989/1990 season.

There are plenty of positives which are created from the value of getting Liverpool’s youngest players used to winning and his style of play from an early age, as those players progress to a point where Rodgers may be able to use them regularly.

The emphasis for Liverpool’s youth team is on attack. No other side in the under-21 Premier League group stage scored more goals, which fits nicely in line with the attacking style that Rodgers is using in his first team.

The defence does need work, conceding 30 goals during the group stage, which was bettered by the back fours of six teams, with the lowest being Norwich City who finished in 11th place.

What that creates is a situation where players are used to Rodgers’ conventional tactics when he’s forced to dip into the youth teams to draw on players for his senior side.

The main challenge for the youth teams at Liverpool will be created this summer when the boss is forced to go out in the transfer market and purchase the players who can improve the first team for the Champions League next season.

The fact the under-21 side is a spitting image of the senior team at the moment is something for Rodgers and the youth team coaches to continue working on to ensure that standards don’t drop.

If the youth sides can maintain a high standard in relation to the first team, the foundations of success which would allow Liverpool to enjoy success for the next few years will firmly be in place.

The under-21 Premier League championship semi-finals take place on April 25 with the final on May 2.

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