With 2015 fast approaching, Vincent Ralph looks at five Liverpool youngsters who could get a first-team chance next year.
Liverpool are famed for giving youth a chance and with a new year on the horizon there is every chance Reds fans will see more of their brightest prospects given first-team opportunities in 2015.
Here we take a look at five of Liverpool’s academy players who could have a 2015 to remember.
Midfielder Jordan Rossiter made his debut for Liverpool’s first-team earlier this season, scoring in the League Cup victory against Middlesbrough.
He may only be 17 but expect him to see more senior action next year, with manager Brendan Rodgers already showing he has faith in him.
He is likely to feature predominantly in cup competitions but needs may dictate a league appearance or two in 2015 and he is more than up to the task.
One of the shining lights in Liverpool’s academy, Harry Wilson is a 17-year-old winger who has impressed at every level, including this season’s UEFA Youth League where he scored once and provided four assists in five matches.
Wilson is the youngest player ever to be capped by Wales and he could be a highly effective option from the bench.
The other crown jewel in Liverpool’s youth side, Ryan Kent is a winger-cum-striker who is expected to take Anfield by storm in due course.
The 18-year-old could well feature in the FA Cup or, more likely, next season’s League Cup and he has the talent to be every bit as effective as Raheem Sterling in time.
The player most likely to be given plenty of opportunities at Liverpool next year, Jordon Ibe is currently on loan at Derby County where he has made 19 appearances so far, scoring four goals.
Ibe is a sublime talent and having tasted first-team action at Liverpool in the past he will want 2015 to be his real breakout year.
The left-field choice, perhaps, Sergi Canos is a 17-year-old Spanish winger who has a knack for scoring, as his recent hat-trick against Derby County’s under-18s proves.
He has a long way to go and a few steps to the Liverpool senior side, but chances from the bench in cup competitions could certainly come his way and he may well seize them.