The nine Liverpool academy grads playing elsewhere in major leagues

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Liverpool take pride in an academy that has become increasingly fruitful in recent years, bringing the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones into the first-team set-up.

While the dream is usually to play at Anfield, there are always those who leave for pastures new in order to break through at the top level.

We’ve taken a look at the nine Liverpool academy graduates that are currently playing in one of Europe’s top five leagues – the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Ki-Jana Hoever

With Alexander-Arnold and Neco Williams ahead of him in the pecking order, Hoever didn’t have the greatest chance of making it into Jurgen Klopp’s team.

He left for Wolves in the summer for £10million, showing how highly rated the 18-year-old Dutchman is. However, he may still find game time hard to come by for now, as Nelson Semedo is now the man standing between him and regular minutes.

Rhian Brewster

He may have missed his penalty in the Community Shield, but Brewster knows how to find the back of the net, as he showed by getting 11 goals on loan at Swansea City last season.

It says a lot about his talent that Sheffield United were willing to break their record transfer fee to bring him in during the summer. With there being a buy-back clause in his contract, there may yet be a chance for the striker to light up Anfield.

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Anthony Driscoll-Glennon

The 20-year-old was initially allowed to leave Liverpool to join Burnley for free in 2016. He’s had to bide his time, playing in the Under-23s before a loan spell at Grimsby Town towards the end of the last term.

It seems as though he is on the cusp of breaking into Sean Dyche’s plans now, as he has been on the bench for three Premier League games this season and made a cameo appearance in the Carabao Cup.

Raheem Sterling

You knew this was coming didn’t you. Sterling has become a bit of a hate figure among some Liverpool fans after leaving for Manchester City, where he has gone on to win two Premier Leagues, four League Cups and an FA Cup.

While the boos ring out whenever he’s at Anfield, it is pretty hard to deny the England international’s talent, with his trophies and 104 goals at City speaking for themselves.

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Conor Coady

When he left Liverpool in 2014, Coady was heading to Championship outfit Huddersfield Town. Now, he’s captained Wolves in the Europa League and is seemingly almost nailed-on to be in Gareth Southgate’s England squads.

There has even been some talk around a potential return to Anfield. The centre-back has had some rise, and will likely to continue to impress under Nuno Espirito Santo this term.

Jack Robinson

It took the defender a while to find his feet, as in 2015 he was being loaned out by Queens Park Rangers, while he ended up leaving them to join Nottingham Forest for free in 2018.

Following an impressive spell there, he has joined Sheffield United, where he is now playing in one of the most intriguing defensive systems in the Premier League.

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Martin Kelly

Kelly managed a total of 62 matches in all competitions for Liverpool, but that arguably says more about Liverpool’s situation at the time than his quality.

He’s forged a solid career at Crystal Palace since then, but the current embarrassment of riches at full-back shows just how far the Reds have come.

Peter Gulacsi

When Gulacsi was being loaned out to the likes of Hereford United and Tranmere Rovers, even he probably wouldn’t have been expecting to one day play in a Champions League semi-final.

That’s what he did though, as RB Leipzig ended up losing 3-0 against Paris Saint-Germain. The Bundesliga side are brilliant at taking discarded players and turning them into men who can perform on the big stage – Gulacsi is clear evidence of this.

Lee Peltier

The right-back has been a solid player throughout his career but has struggled to truly make his mark in the Premier League, making 20 appearances in the top tier so far – all of which were for Cardiff City.

That seems set to continue this term, as he hasn’t made the squad for any of West Bromwich Albion’s league games so far.


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