18 goals for Liverpool's youth teams in 2014/15, is Sterling's replacement already at the club?

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling's future at Liverpool is uncertain, but do they have a replacement at the ready in Sergi Canos?

Raheem Sterling continues to feed uncertainty surrounding his Liverpool future by letting his contract situation drag on.

SkySports report he has decided not to discuss a new deal until the end of the season, while The Independent report Arsenal are interested in signing him.

His current deal runs until 2017, and Real Madrid have been linked by The Mirror as potential suitors.

At present Liverpool hold the cards, but should the unthinkable happen and club and player elect to part ways, does Brendan Rodgers already have a player rising through the ranks with the ability to fill the void?

Actually Liverpool have several, Jordon Ibe, Jerome Sinclair and Sheyi Ojo are all sensational talents in their own right. Ibe has even made the first team this season.

There is another player however who may be primed to step up when the time comes. That would be Spanish teenager Sergi Canos.

Liverpool's official website reports he has scored an impressive 18 goals for academy sides at under-18 and under-19 level this season, including his first under-21 goal last week.

An immediate transition to the first team is not likely, but if he continues to blossom, should the Sterling situation play itself out with him departing in a year's time when his deal has just 12 months to run, Canos could be ideally placed to step in.

Canos signed from Barcelona's academy in 2013 and is a Spanish youth international, whose best position is on the right wing.

There is a strong chance Canos will be given chances to shine in pre-season to help his case for future first team involvement.

The situation regarding Sterling is certainly likely to be unsettling for fans, but the club's hand in negotiations is strengthened in that they may actually have a ready made replacement who can limit the footballing impact felt by his possible departure.

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