Merseyside has been described as a hotbed of talent by Brendan Rodgers and the man in the Liverpool hot seat has revealed his desire to bring more local born and bred youngsters through the ranks, reports Sky
Liverpool have regularly produced young players and the current squad contains captain and vice-captain Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, two graduates of the club’s youth system. Rodgers has worked with the pair first hand this season and is now convinced that the future talents of this football club lie on Merseyside.
“My big thing is getting young players in here from the local area – here in Liverpool,” Rodgers said. He added: “Name me the best two players in England in the last six or seven years – Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, and they’re Scousers.”
Gerrard and Carragher are joined on the list of successful Anfield youth products by the likes of Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen, all of whom played for England winning 26, 37 and 89 caps respectively, with the latter two also signing for Real Madrid.
In Rodgers’ time at Anfield has regularly turned to youth, with the likes of Andre Wisdom, Jonjo Shelvey, Suso and, most prominently Raheem Sterling, all benefiting from the manager’s belief in young players.
Although none of the above list were born on Merseyside Rodgers believes the local area has much to offer in terms of young talent. “I love working with the talents and all my life I have worked with players from different parts of the world, ” said the former Swansea City boss. “But we mustn’t forget what is on our doorstep and, for me, Liverpool is a hotbed for footballers.
“They have passion, hunger and incredible qualities and we are looking from them. That is a massive part of my job and finding these players is something we are trying to put in place says the Liverpool manager.”
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