Harry Wilson , 17, Winger, Wales,
One of Liverpool’s brightest attacking players, and has made a real partnership with Ryan Kent, who we’ll be talking about later. A left footed winger, he’s got potential and pace, both in bags. He’s technically gifted and proves that with his accurate finishing. A very mobile player, he would fit perfectly in Brendan’s current style of play. He’s apparently a big fan of Carbonara and Maldives. He’s already made a senior appearance for Wales, being the youngest player ever to do so.
Pedro Chirivella, 17, Holding Midfielder, Spain
Originally from Valencia, he gained interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona before being poached by Liverpool. He was considered to be one of the best youth prospects from Valencia’s youth academy, and is making a name Liverpool. He is technically gifted, very composed on the ball and tactically adept, being able to keep possession very well with one touch passes. He also has a good eye for a few interceptions here and there, as his positional sense in quite mature. Reminds you of a certain Spanish player perhaps? Ok, I might be going too far with the Aspas comparisons. With him and Rossiter battling for the same position, the competition in the future will be very interesting.
Ryan Kent , 18, Winger or Attacking Midfielder, England
Harry Wilson’s partner in crime. They have formed a really good partnership in their near 10 years in the academy together. He’s of the new breed of English wingers who are technically gifted, good with the ball at their feet and most importantly, are not the numerous headless chickens we saw England produce. He has a really direct playing style, is very versatile as he can play across all positions in the attacking third and can hurt players with his dribbling and pace. Hopefully the Wilson-Kent partnership can carry over to the first team in the coming years.
Sergi Canos , 17, Winger or Centre Forward, Spain
A Barcelona youth product, he’s your archetypal Spanish attacker. Loads of flair, tons of creativity and very good with the ball at his feet. He has a distinct direct play style to him. Mirror writer David Cartlidge said he’s the best player of the ’97 generation. We will only know in a few years, but he’s an exciting player to say the least. U18s coach Neil Critchley says “Then there’s Sergi, who joins us from Barcelona and is an exciting final-third player, who likes to beat people, get into the box and finish. He’s very direct and he really comes to life when he’s got the ball at his feet.”
Sheyi Ojo, 17, Winger or Attacking Midfielder, England/Nigeria
In my opinion, one of the most exciting youth players right now. He is very strong, and very pacy. A versatile player, nobody knows truly where his best position is. I think I’ll let the videos do the talking as his play style is really distinct.
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Jordan Rossiter , 17, Defensive/Holding Midfielder, England
You probably know about this lad. He’s Scouse and a central midfielder, so the comparisons with Steven Gerrard have already started. Only 17 and already represented Liverpool’s senior team, he’s a young player with a very grown up way of thinking. Technically gifted, loads of composure on the ball and tactically brilliant, he could really go far under the proper guidance. His distribution is excellent, is strong in tackling and good with both feet. If he fulfills his potential, he could be the next Gerrard, Mascherano and Alonso all in one player.
Jerome Sinclair, 18, Striker, England
Another English striker who’s comfortable on the ball and has a real poacher’s instinct. He has good finishing and scores a lot if the service in the box is decent. He has impressive strength and his positional sense in the box is sharp as well. Tricky with his feet, mobile and pacy, he might fit right into the senior team, provided he can be as good as he’s touted to be.
Jordon Ibe , 19, Winger, England
Ibe has a very direct style of play, loves taking players on with his pace and his bag of skills. He’s no pushover on the ball. He is a bigger Sterling but his decision making is still raw at the moment.But there is a lot of potential in Ibe,with age his decision making should improve and under the right guidance he can very well emulate Sterling.
Adam Phillips , 17, Central Midfielder, England
An attacking central midfielder at the moment, he can be a complete central midfielder if he reaches his potential. He has a fantastic passing range, is strong, loves to tackle and even his long range passing is Gerrard-esque. He is good at crossing and set pieces as well.
Cameron Brannagan, Central Midfielder or Winger, 18, England
A versatile player, he played at right back with the academy before being given roles as a central midfielder. He can play at right/left midfield as well. Fits the mould of the next generation of Liverpool players being versatile enough to play across different positions. Good with passing, he likes to play deep and dictate tempo from there.