Liverpool will be hoping to see some of their academy prospects to step up into the first team this season.
Liverpool broke their transfer record twice over the course of the summer, but fans will still want to see some of the club’s youth prospects make the step up to the first team this season.
The Reds first splashed out £36.9million (The Guardian) on Roma winger Mohamed Salah, before sealing a deal for RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita, with The Telegraph reporting that the fee involved is around £48million.
Keita will only arrive in 2018, and whilst Liverpool have backed manager Jurgen Klopp with major funds having also snapped up Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a big-money move from Arsenal, bringing through youngsters has to be a priority too.
Players who have come up through the academy, such as Danny Ward, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn, have been in and around the first team setup in the early stages of this season, and other Anfield youngsters will be looking to make the step up too.
With that in mind, here are three Liverpool youngsters who could push towards the first team before the end of the season, having shown potential in the Liverpool academy ranks…
Irish defender Masterson, 18, joined Liverpool from Lucan United in 2013, and captained the Reds’ Under-18 side last season following Trent Alexander-Arnold’s step up to the first team. The 6ft 2in centre back has been touted for a big future, and given that Liverpool failed to bring in a new centre back this summer, Masterson could attempt to push for a first-team spot this term – and he will hope to become the defensive solution that Reds fans are looking for.
18-year-old midfielder Dhanda was on the books with West Brom before heading to Liverpool in 2013, and he has now become a regular for club and country at youth level. A talented playmaker, who was targeted by Bristol City, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest this summer according to the Daily Mail, Dhanda has yet to feature for the Liverpool first team, but the skilful midfielder looks set for a bright future at Anfield.
Forward Brewster was named on the bench for Liverpool in the Premier League clash against Crystal Palace back in April of this year, and could be a major factor in the future after being fast-tracked to the main side. The 17-year-old, signed from Chelsea, has shown his ability as a goalscorer for the Liverpool youth setup, but faces a tough battle for first-team football amid competition from Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Dominic Solanke, meaning he may rely on cup action this term.
Earlier this year, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo that Masterson, Dhanda and Brewster were all pushing to be in training with the first team, and his decision to publicly recognise the trio suggests that the could become Liverpool first-team stars of the future.