Liverpool's academy now rivals their first-team

Liverpool's academy now rivals their first-team

The Liverpool academy used to be full of false hope.  For a period of time, fans had high hopes for the youngsters on the books. The ones who’d either carved out a reputation having impressed prior to their move to Merseyside or those boosted by what they eventually turn out to be according to Football Manager.  Ultimately, the Reds weren’t getting the most out of the time and money they put into their academy. Those tipped for greatness fizzled out. …
Do Liverpool Utilise their Academy Players Properly?

Do Liverpool Utilise their Academy Players Properly?

The academy is in place for the clubs to use the elite youngsters to subsidise their first teams and then sell the players that aren't quite Liverpool quality for a decent price and use that money to reinvest. As Liverpool fans we're always hearing about the next big thing coming up from the academy to follow on from the likes of Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen. It's common practice for fans to overhype their own players (fuelled by Football Manager …
Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Mixes, and the Future (Part 2)

Goalkeepers: Mignolet, Mixes, and the Future (Part 2)

Read Part 1: ‘What Makes a Goalkeeper a Keeper?” here. The One Who Currently Rules with Velvet Gloves – Simon Mignolet If there ever was a player who exhibited traits of Jekyll and Hyde so clearly over a season, it has to be Liverpool’s goalkeeper Simon Mignolet. It’s fair to say that Mignolet would be the first one to put his hand up and say that the first half of the last season was downright abject. He suffered a crisis …
Past Academy Graduates, And The Future Potential

Past Academy Graduates, And The Future Potential

NOTE: Before I go into detail in this article, I just want to explain a few things. The numbers, figures, statistics, and transfer fee's are all taken from a combination of; www.Wikipedia.org , www.premierleague.com, and www.lfchistory.net. It is also worth noting I have only included players who were 18 or under when they signed for us.  Hence why Insua is included, but Plessis isn't for example. And finally, I've only considered players who have made a league debut for Liverpool. …