Seven Liverpool wonderkids, including next Trent Alexander-Arnold, who could shine next season as Jurgen Klopp rules out transfer spree
They may be Premier League champions but it looks like Liverpool won’t be bringing in any big name players this summer.
Liverpool have been linked with the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, Thiago Alcantara, Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappe but manager Jurgen Klopp has all-but confirmed that none of them will be coming to Anfield any time soon.
He said: “COVID has of course influenced both sides with ins and outs, that is completely normal, and it’s just not likely that it will be the most busy summer in the world.
“But maybe at a later point in the year, if the transfer window is still open, we will know more. But this squad…look at it. It is not a squad you have to change now and say ‘OK, we need this position and this position’.
“We don’t have a first XI, I say we have a first 16 or 17, they can all play to the same level. But we have to use this, 100 per cent.
“We cannot spend millions and millions and millions because we want to or we think it is nice to do. We never wanted that.
“We want to strengthen this squad and this squad is strong. The problem with a strong squad is how do you improve a strong squad in the transfer market?
“It works with money, obviously, that is possible. But it never works only with money.
“You have to be creative and we try to be creative. We try to find solutions internally and there is still a lot to come: we have three or four players who can make big steps.”
This may disappoint some Liverpool fans but it could spell a fantastic opportunity for some of their academy players to break into the first team.
talkSPORT.com has picked out seven Reds wonderkids you should look out for next season.
He’s made a handful of appearances for Liverpool’s first team but has yet to really do it at senior level at Anfield.
However, the striker is having a productive loan spell at Swansea in the Championship, scoring six goals in 13 league appearances, including a brace during a win at Middlesbrough in June.
There are clearly high hopes for Brewster, 20, with the likes of Klopp and Steven Gerrard – who coached Brewster in his brief stint in charge of Liverpool’s under-18 side – speaking highly of him.
A relatively unknown quantity before getting his chance in an FA Cup fourth round replay against Shrewsbury, there are now high hopes for the midfielder, 18.
Liverpool fielded their youngest ever team against the League One side in February, but amazingly won 1-0 to the Anfield faithful’s delight.
Clarkson played well then and he also shone during a behind-closed-doors friendly against Blackburn. Liverpool won 6-0, Clarkson getting a goal having teased the Rovers defence with some brilliant skill and a composed finish.
Unsurprisingly, the youngest player in Premier League history is tipped to achieve great things in his career and don’t be surprised to see him get more opportunities next term.
Elliott played the full 90 minutes of Liverpool’s three Carabao Cup matches and also played a huge part in three of Liverpool’s four FA Cup matches this season, including the memorable win over Shrewsbury.
He may only be 17 years old now but the winger is viewed as someone who plays with style beyond his years.
Elliott is already a hero in the eyes of many Liverpool fans after it emerged he rejected the chance shake Sergio Ramos’ hand when Real Madrid tried to sign him for the Spaniard’s part in Mohamed Salah’s injury at the 2018 Champions League final.
Having made his senior bow for Liverpool in the FA Cup last season, while also performing well during pre-season last summer, it’s a bit surprising he’s only made three appearances this term.
The defender, who can play at right-back or in the middle, scored a goal in one of those as Liverpool got past MK Dons in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.
It’s recently emerged that Joel Matip is out injured for the rest of this season and with the title all sewn up, there could be a first Premier League appearance for the 18-year-old in the offing.
If you’re an attacking midfielder from Liverpool trying to break into Reds’ first team then fans are automatically going to see how they compare to club legend Steven Gerrard.
That pressure will have ramped up for Jones after his stunning curling effort saw Liverpool beat rivals Everton in this season’s FA Cup third round.
Jones, 19, has made eight appearances for Liverpool this term – captaining them in the win over Shrewsbury – and he’s so close to getting a proper run of games with the senior squad.
He’s tearing it up for the Under-23 side, scoring three times in a 7-0 win over Napoli in the UEFA Youth League as well as an eight-minute treble in a Premier League Cup win over Sunderland this term.
James Milner is a stable choice to play left-back when Andy Robertson is injured but the draw at Everton in June proves that a more pacy option to make the darting forward runs that Klopp demands of his full-backs is needed.
Adam Lewis was part of that heroic effort against Shrewsbury but we believe Larouci, 19, will get more chances next season.
The Algerian played in the FA Cup win over Everton, as well as the draw at Shrewsbury which led to the win over them in the replay at Anfield.
It’s a shame he plays in the same position as Trent Alexander-Arnold because arguably Liverpool’s most exciting wonderkid currently coming through is Welshman Williams.
The 19-year-old has made six appearances for Liverpool and has shown his love for a tackle, his eye for a pass and wonderful ability to dig out a dangerous cross from the right. He was Liverpool’s best player in the win over Shrewsbury.
Williams made his Premier League bow in Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Crystal Palace and he didn’t look out of place in his 16-minute cameo, going close to scoring on two occasions.