Liverpool coach names four Reds stars that youth players should emulate

Michael Beale believes that his academy players should be looking to follow in the footsteps of four Liverpool youngsters.

Speaking to the official Liverpool website, Reds Under-21 boss Michael Beale believes that his youth players should be looking to achieve at the same level as four current first-team stars.

The Reds have garnered a reputation as a brilliant club to progress at as a young player, as head coach Brendan Rodgers has utilised his academy ranks to find first-team stars, as well as buying young players for the first-team.

Raheem Sterling has gone from unknown to England international in the space of a season, and is now arguably Liverpool’s best player, while Jordon Ibe is looking to follow in his footsteps.

Summer signings Emre Can and Lazar Markovic have both cemented themselves as key first-team players despite being just 21-years-old, and Brazil international Philippe Coutinho is currently playing some of the best football of his career as one of the form players in the Premier League.

With such a young spine to the side, the Reds look well set to survive the loss of Steven Gerrard in the summer, and they have built a team that should challenge for silverware for many years to come.

Their current youthful team does not take into account the talent emerging from their academy, with a number of players touted for the top. Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent, Sergi Canos and Jack Dunn are just some of those that could be household names in the future, and their Under-21 boss Michael Beale wants them to take inspiration from the current first-team stars.

Speaking to the official Liverpool website, Beale said: “If you look at the young players in the Liverpool first team like Coutinho, Emre Can, Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic - they are setting a real standard for young players to go on and achieve.

“Our boys are very aware and we are lucky at Liverpool that we have young players in the first team who are doing well and they are always pushing to that next level.”

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