One former academy graduate at Liverpool, Michael Owen, whose goals were crucial in the historic treble-winning Reds season of 2001, has lauded the current quality of the youth players at Liverpool, commenting that the "future looks good" and that there academy has "top staff and plenty of promising youngsters coming through."
However, out of those in the youth set-up, who are the likeliest talents to graduate all the way through to Brandan Rodgers' senior squad?
Spent the day at Liverpool's Academy today. The future looks good. Top staff and plenty of promising youngsters coming through too.— michael owen (@themichaelowen) April 29, 2014
1): Cameron Brannagan - central midfield - @Cameron246bran
Attack-minded 17-year-old, Brannagan has scored for the Liverpool's Under-21 Premier League side against Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur this season. He has also represented England U18s, setting up a goal against Croatia. Brannagan has been with Liverpool since he was nine and has developed a versatility up front, capable of playing anywhere across the forward line, behind the striker.
2): Jordan Rossiter - central midfield - @jordan_rossiter
Central midfielder Rossiter has competed in the NextGen series and in Liverpool's U18 side. A tenacious midfielder with a bit of bite, Rossiter also has a precise shot. He signed professional terms with Liverpool last month, when he turned 17. Youth coach Alex Inglethorpe had previously said that the teenager has "100% effort and commitment."
3): Lloyd Jones - centre back - @lloydjones51
English-born Welshman Jones is a tall defender at 6ft 4in. A centre back by trade, Johnes was acquired from Plymouth Argyle ahead of his 16th birthday in 2011 and has since gone on to rep the Academy and the U21s. Jones instantly made himself a youth team fans favourite as he rejected advances from Everton in order to sign for the Reds. He is currently on the fringes of graduation.
4): Brad Smith - left back/winger - @bradsmith_94
Australian full back Brad Smith has been in England since 14 before eventually attracting the attention of Liverpool scouts. He has already made an appearance for Brendan Rodgers' seniors this season when he replaced Joe Allen against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Smith has great pace and is noted for his runs from full back to the wing position, making him a versatile prospect down the flank. Rodgers must think highly of Smith as the 20-year-old has oft trained with the senior players.
5): Jack Dunn - midfielder - @Jack_Dunn8
A versatile midfielder, Dunn is a bit of an all-rounder. At 19-years-old, Dunn has already displayed leadership qualities as he has captained the U16 team, prior to his eventual promotion to the U17s where he impressed with his goal-scoring ability. He even scored twice against a Manchester United youth side!