With injuries derailing their title bid, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been forced to dip into the club’s academy resources.
He’s previously showed he has no fear in giving youngsters a chance and this season has perhaps shown it most clearly.
Caiomhin Kelleher, Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Rhys Williams have all been handed first-team minutes.
“Without them [youngsters] we would have been lost,” he explained last year. “Thank god it worked out. The biggest part is that they are really ready for this.”
That could lead to further promotions from the development sides as Klopp continues to refresh his squad.
Sepp van den Berg has proved his worth in the Championship with Preston, becoming a regular in recent weeks.
Elsewhere, there are high hopes for the likes of James Balagizi and Billy Koumetio, who Klopp fondly refers to as ‘Billy the Kid’.
But there are three making more noise than others and a trio that could be handed an Anfield chance, sooner rather than later.
“F****** hell, he’s brilliant!”
Harvey Elliott is possibly the most exciting 17-year-old currently playing in English football.
Liverpool paid £4m for the midfielder, after a compensation package was finally agreed with Fulham earlier this year.
But he likes as if he will be worth every penny of that, amid a stunning season in the Championship.
With ten assists and five goals, Elliott has been one of the most impressive players in the second tier.
Former Liverpool and current Blackburn winger Stewart Downing has no reservations about tipping his current teammate for the top.
“I know [Bournemouth manager] Jonathan Woodgate well, and he’s quite close to [Liverpool sporting director] Michael Edwards. He asked me about Harvey when he came to Blackburn, and I was like ‘f****** hell, he’s brilliant!’”
That £4m already looks like another masterstoke for Klopp and Edwards.
‘The next Lampard’
Comparing a Liverpool central midfieder to Frank Lampard is perhaps unusual, given the never-ending debates about him and Steven Gerrard.
But that’s the comparison Melkamu Frauendorf has been given by a Premier League rival.
“He reminded me of Frank Lampard,” the source told the ECHO at a recent Under-18s fixture.
“You take your eye off him for one moment, and then he’ll appear in the box or in a dangerous area.
“You have to watch him closely, but he was the best player on the pitch by a country mile.”
The Ethiopian-born German has three goals and two assists for the Under-18s and is a player hotly tipped to make the step up.
“I try to be like Messi”
Mateusz Musialowski was the club’s first signing of last summer, arriving from Polish outfit SMS Lodz.
It may have been a deal that went under the radar at the time, but his exploits with the under-18s have certainly piqued the interest of fans.
It is believed the 17-year-old scored 133 goals in just 88 matches during his youth career and has already found the net for the Reds five times this season.
A versatile forward, Musialowski has played on both wings and has some experience as a central forward.
“When I see the space, I just go for it. I have seen a lot of Lionel Messi goals like that, so I try to be like him and I want to repeat it!”
He’s a talent that is sure to excite for years to come.
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