Liverpool have 12 youngsters that could save them millions in the transfer market – Liverpool Echo

When Liverpool owners FSG invested £50m in a brand new training complex for the Reds, they made their intentions very clear.

Jurgen Klopp’s side relocated from Melwood to Kirkby, where they would move into the new AXA Training Complex right next door to the club’s Academy.

Indeed, Klopp and his staff were now able to get a closer look at Liverpool’s exciting crop of talent and work alongside Academy Director Alex Inglethorpe to ensure the pathway remained clear for youngsters to progress.

It’s a strategy Liverpool have made no secret of and specialist coach Vitor Matos was hired as the bridge between the Academy and first team for that very reason.

Seeing Liverpool produce their own talent is key for Liverpool owners FSG, who can ensure that the Reds can compete with their rivals for major transfers by saving money elsewhere in the market.

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner explained why the investment was so crucial in a letter buried in a time capsule on-site at the new complex.

He said: “The redevelopment of the club’s Academy site and its new Training Centre underlines our unwavering commitment to the club.

“This major investment not only mirrors our success both on and off the pitch but is also a vital step in the club’s continued growth, delivering state-of-the-art facilities and amenities that you would expect for a club of our stature.

“It will also provide an aspirational and inspirational pathway for our young players at the Academy to senior level where we hope they will one day make their debut for Liverpool FC.”

And so who could save Liverpool millions in the transfer market in the windows to come?

Harvey Elliott is an obvious place to start.

The 17-year-old is one of the most talented young players in the country and has made a big impression out on loan at Blackburn Rovers this season.

The Reds have big plans for him in the future.

Sepp van den Berg was brought in from PEC Zwolle in summer 2019 and is currently enjoying a quietly impressive season with Preston, he too is somebody Liverpool will hope continues to progress.

Teenage goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga currently trains with Liverpool’s first team and has been capped at youth level for Brazil. Ahead of him is Caoimhin Kelleher, who has enjoyed a breakout season, establishing himself as Klopp’s number two.

Both men could have bright futures at Anfield.

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And there is more talent at youth level for Liverpool.

Indeed, the u-23 side is packed with young players who the Reds are hoping can make the step up to Liverpool’s first team.

Much has been made of Mateusz Musialowski‘s recent exploits after the Polish youngster scored a sublime goal against Newcastle recently.

He and fellow new signing Melkamu Frauendorf are two players Liverpool signed last year with an eye on saving millions in the future.

England u-17 midfielder James Balagizi swapped Man City for Liverpool when he was just 10-years-old and has made huge strides in recent years.

Balagizi has made rapid progress at youth level and signed a professional deal with the Reds in September of last year.

The highly-rated starlet earned a spot in The Guardian’s Next Generation 2020 , highlighting 20 of the best young talents at Premier League clubs.

Both Leighton Clarkson and Jake Cain will be familiar to Liverpool fans after catching the eye of their manager this season.

Clarkson, 19, played in the Champions League group game against Midtjylland and equipped himself well, while Cain has been involved in every European squad this season.

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Meanwhile, Huyton-born striker Layton Stewart‘s goalscoring exploits for the u-18s led to a promotion to the u-23 side this season and while a serious knee injury has brought his season to an end, Reds Academy staff are said to be buzzing about his progress.

Billy Koumetio, known by Klopp as ‘Billy the Kid’, is somebody who the Reds boss has had training with the first team on a number of occasions and clearly rates highly.

And don’t forget Paul Glatzel, the young striker who scored bagged 28 goals as Liverpool won the FA Youth Cup in 2019. He has since picked up a couple of serious injuries but Liverpool will ensure he comes back stronger than ever.

They are by no means the only Liverpool youngsters impressing and there is more to come from an Academy which is functioning better than it has in years.

And with Klopp now closer by, the future is bright for Liverpool’s future stars.