How Liverpool’s seven wonderkids on FM2020 are developing IRL this season

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As well as dominating the Premier League, the progress of some of Liverpool‘s young players has been one of the most promising aspects of the season at Anfield.

According to Football Manager 2020’s list of 650 Wonderkids, as compiled by FMScout.com, seven are currently on the Reds’ books. That’s defined as “players with high potential ability who are not older than 20 years old on July 1, 2019”.

And we’ve taken a look at how they’ve developed in real life this season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Already arguably the best right-back in the world, the scary thing is Alexander-Arnold should only get better.

Only Kevin de Bruyne can better the England international’s 12 assists in the Premier League this season.

Ki-Jana Hoever

One youngster who has had to remain more patient than others on this list, Hoever joined Liverpool from Ajax in 2018 amid considerable interest from a host of top clubs.

The defender subsequently scored his maiden senior goal on his first appearance of 2019-20 against MK Dons but has played just twice more since.

Jurgen Klopp is torn between whether the 18-year-old is more suited to right-back or centre-half, but the player himself recently said he prefers full-back, placing him in direct competition with the names directly above and below him in this list.

Neco Williams

Possibly Liverpool’s find of the season, fans were concerned about the lack of cover at full-back ahead of the start of the campaign, only for Williams to emerge as a stand-out performer in the cup competitions.

The right-back marked his debut against Arsenal with a last-minute assist for Divock Origi’s dramatic equaliser, impressed against Everton and played a part in the winner against Shrewsbury Town.

Still just 18, his displays were set to earn a call-up to the senior Wales squad before the season was postponed.

Curtis Jones

Having made his senior debut for Liverpool last season, Jones has come on leaps and bounds in 2019-20.

The midfielder won man of the match on his first appearance of the campaign against MK Dons, scored the winning penalty in the League Cup victory over Arsenal and bagged a stunning winner against Everton.

He became the first teenager since Raheem Sterling to score in consecutive games for Liverpool by notching on his next appearance against Shrewsbury and became the Reds’ youngest ever captain in the replay.

He’s still just 19 FFS.

Harvey Elliott

After becoming the youngest player in Premier League history with Fulham last season, Elliott has had to contend with considerable hype since joining Liverpool in the summer.

So far the attacker has lived up to the billing by showing regular glimpses of his undoubted talent across seven first-team appearances.

While he is yet to open his account for the senior side, Elliott has three goals and nine assists across the Premier League 2 and UEFA Youth League.

READ: 11 quotes on Liverpool hot prospect Harvey Elliott: ‘A special talent’

Rhian Brewster

Injuries prevented Brewster from making his long-awaited senior debut prior to 2019-20, but the striker finally made his bow in the League Cup clash with MK Dons.

Two more first-team appearances followed, but with Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino ahead of Brewster in the pecking order, the 20-year-old joined Swansea City on loan in January.

He has adjusted well to life in the Championship and his first run of senior football, scoring four times in his first 11 appearances.

Ben Woodburn

Woodburn burst onto the scene at Liverpool, becoming the club’s youngest ever goalscorer by notching against Leeds United four years ago.

Still just 20, the attacking midfielder endured a disappointing loan spell at Sheffield United last season and has since struggled with recurring injury issues.

Having been loaned out to League One outfit Oxford United in the summer, he initially impressed only to break a bone in his foot in October.

He returned to Merseyside for treatment, only to suffer the exact same injury to his other foot in his final session before re-uniting with Oxford, which is suspected to be because of how he bears weight on his feet.


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