Liverpool coach Mike Yates praises progress of Reds teenagers Brannagan, Wilson, Kent, Maguire and Randall

Anfield

The future looks bright for the next generation of Liverpool players.

The Liverpool coach in charge of the club’s under-9s to under-12s, Mike Yates, has been speaking to the club’s official website about the importance of developing players from a young age.

Yates knows Anfield inside out having been at the club for 24 years, and he took particular pride when he watched a number of the club’s teenage talents playing for the under-21s recently.

The match in question was against Merseyside rivals at Everton; a match the Reds won 3-1 courtesy of a Ryan Kent brace and a penalty from Sheyi Ojo.

Kent was one of the players Yates singled out having watched the 18-year-old winger-cum-forward develop over many years at Liverpool.

“It was also great to see players like Cameron Brannagan, Ryan Kent, Harry Wilson, Joe Maguire and Conor Randall in action, all of whom have been with us from a young age,” Yates said.

Kent, Wilson and Branagan in particular could be closing in on a first-team chance at Liverpool, with all three very highly regarded at the club.

Kent is seen as one of the most talented players to come through the academy for many a year, while Wilson is the youngest player ever to be capped by the senior Welsh side and Brannagan shone for Liverpool All-stars in a recent charity match at Anfield.

As for Maguire and Randall, they are both 19-year-old full-backs with the former playing on the left and the latter on the right.

Register for LIVERPOOL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch