A prominent feature of Brendan Rodgers first year in charge of Liverpool has been the way in which he has put such faith in young players.
For the first half of last season, the Liverpool manager didn’t appear to have much choice, with the failure to bring in the desired transfer targets leaving the Reds desperatley short for the first six months of the season.
The likes of Raheem Sterling – just 17 initially – and Suso – just 18 – found themselves as the main supporting attackers for Luis Suarez until January, and both performed admirably.
Sterling shone in particular, with two league goals and five assists. Injury restricted his appearances in the second half of the season, but the winger showed more than enough to suggest he has a big future at Anfield.
Rodgers added further young players in the January transfer window, with 23-year-old Daniel Sturridge and 20-year-old Philippe Coutinho adding some much needed attacking threat to the Reds.
Rodgers’ faith in young players was often rewarded, but as expected it meant there was plenty of inconsistancy at Anfield. With a year’s experience under their belts, the Liverpool manager will be hoping for an improvement this time around, whilst also being able to introduce new young talent to the group, this time more gradually.
Here we have identified five Liverpool youngsters we are expecting to see more of next season.