Liverpool may have a number of problems to contend with this season, but it seems their future is in safe hands with their youth teams excelling at every level.
Fans have had little to celebrate in recent seasons and it seems as though this campaign would also be full of despair after a summer to forget. Liverpool were soundly criticised for loaning Andy Carroll and failing to find a replacement, while Clint Dempsey and Gylfi Sigurdsson both choose north London over Merseyside.
With Luis Suarez coming under pressure for his so-called 'diving' antics and with Liverpool failing to win a league game until their sixth time of asking, it has not been a fairytale beginning to the tenure of Brendan Rodgers.
However, there has been one overriding feeling of pride this season as a number of young players have flourished under the tutelage of Rodgers. From Raheem Sterling and Suso to Andre Wisdom and Jack Robinson, a number of academy players have been handed the chance to impress.
Sterling is perhaps the biggest success story as he has become a first team regular and became the second youngest scorer in the clubs history - behind Michael Owen - when he helped Liverpool beat Reading 1-0 last weekend.
Jerome Sinclair became the youngest player in the clubs history when he appeared in the Capital One Cup, while Jonjo Shelvey was named in an England squad for the very first time.
Even in the youth ranks there have been stories of success this season for Liverpool. The Under-21 side is top of the league and recently secured a 3-1 victory over Manchester City, thanks to two goals from Adam Morgan - another player who has a first team appearance to his name this season.
The third goal in that game was scored by another young striker who has played in Rodgers first team this season, Dani Pacheco. The Spaniard scored a sublime curled effort against City and will be hoping to gain more playing time in the Premier League after the injury to Fabio Borini.
In the NextGen competition, a Champions League for Under-19 players, Liverpool reached the semi-finals last year and have started this campaign with a narrow 3-2 away loss to champions Inter Milan.
The Under-18 side has also impressed in the early stages of the season as they currently sit third in the league, behind Chelsea and Fulham, after securing a 2-0 win over Manchester City last Friday.
With Sinclair away on international duty it was 16-year-old Jordan Ibe that caught the eye and made it three straight wins for Steve Cooper's side.
With it becoming harder to attract the biggest names to the club without the lure of Champions League football, the role of the academy in producing talent players becomes even more significant.
With a number of players already catching the eye of Rodgers, there is every reason for these youngsters to believe that they can follow in the footsteps of Liverpool legends Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman , Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard.
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