While browsing LFChistory.net today, I came across a nice page with most current and previous Liverpool players. By supplementing the information with some other details from the official Liverpool website, I found out this :
|1988||Jack Hobbs, Paul Anderson, Miquel Roque, Godwin Antwi, Adam Hammill|
|1987||Besian Idrizaj, Antonio Barragan, Danny Guthrie, Calum Woods|
|1986||Lee Peltier, Danny O’Donnell, Paul Willis, David Martin|
|1985||Ramon Calliste, Robbie Foy, James Smith, Scott Carson, David Mannix, Carl Medjani, David Raven, Mohamed Sissoko|
|1984||Darren Potter, Daniel Agger, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Anthony Le Tallec, Zak Whitbread|
|1982||Neil Mellor, Jose Reina|
|1981||Stephen Warnock, Xabi Alonso, Djibril Cisse, Chris Kirkland, Peter Crouch|
|1980||John Arne Riise, Jan Kromkamp, Steven Gerrard, Djimi Traore|
Now, among those young players, there are some obvious world-class players : Steven Gerrard (1980), Xabi Alonso (1981), Jose Reina (1982) and Mohamed Sissoko (1985).
But what is very very interesting is that Liverpool has a large number of very highly rated young players who, if they make it at the highest level, can have the world at their feet.
I’m thinking of Jack Hobbs (1988), Paul Anderson (1988), Adam Hammill (1988), Antonio Barragan (1987), Scott Carson (1985), David Mannix (1985), David Raven (1985) and Daniel Agger (1984) who is Sami Hyypia’s natural successor. Mind you, I’ve never seen them play (apart from Daniel Agger) but I’ve read some very positive reports about them…
The future is bright for Liverpool :-)