Where are they now? Liverpool’s youngest ever starting Xl from 2017

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Liverpool are famous for giving young players a chance in the first team – and in 2017 they named their youngest ever starting line-up.

When they played Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup, their team had an average age of 21 years and 296 days – but the young Reds drew 0-0 and needed a replay to progress to the next round.

We’ve taken a look back at their side from that day which included some future stars and a few flops.

Loris Karius

At this stage of his career, Karius was still regarded as a promising talent, and he became Liverpool’s first-choice goalkeeper in 2017-18.

However, the shot-stopper made a series of mistakes, most notably in Liverpool’s 2018 Champions League final loss to Real Madrid.

The German is currently on loan at Besiktas where he is still making calamitous errors.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Alexander-Arnold has gone from strength to strength over the past two seasons, esablishing himself as one of the best right-backs in the world.

The 20-year-old recorded 12 assists in the Premier League last season and also played a pivotal role in Liverpool’s Champions League success.

Joe Gomez

The centre-back was making his return from a 17-month spell on the sidelines against Plymouth, and he became a regular for the Reds in 2017-18.

He formed an impressive partnership Virgil Van Dijk at the start of last season before fracturing his leg in December. Gomez got back to full fitness in April and featured in the Champions League final.

Lucas Leiva

At 29, Lucas was the oldest player in this Liverpool team and it was one of his last appearances for the club. After 10 years at Anfield, the fan favourite signed for Lazio in July 2017.

The 32-year-old has been a success in Italy, winning Lazio’s Player of the Year award and the Coppa Italia last season.

Read: Lucas Leiva made himself a Liverpool hero – now he’s doing the same at Lazio

Alberto Moreno

Moreno was prone to individual errors and fell out of favour under Jurgen Klopp, as he became Liverpool’s second choice left-back behind Andy Robertson.

His contract expired at the end of last season, and he sent a message of thanks to the club before signing for Villarreal.

“My gratitude too to the city, which embraced me as one of its own from day one and which will live on in my memory whenever I look at my son, Alberto Jr., a Liverpudlian himself,” said Moreno.

“Finally, a very special thank you to the club’s superb fans, who always supported me. I wish you all at Liverpool FC the greatest successes. Wherever life takes me from here, I will always carry you in my heart and forever be a fan.”

Emre Can (Daniel Sturridge, 63)

Can was a decent player for Liverpool, but he allowed his contract to run down at the end of 2017-18 before signing for Juventus on a free transfer.

The midfielder had an impressive first season in Italy and helped Juventus win Serie A, but the signings of Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot have pushed him out of the team. It’s fair to say Liverpool haven’t missed him.

Sturridge continued to struggle with injuries at Liverpool, and he left Anfield in 2019 to sign for Turkish club Trabzonspor.

Kevin Stewart 

Stewart didn’t get many chances in Liverpool’s first team and only made 20 appearances for the club before signing a three-year deal with Hull City in 2017.

The 26-year-old tried to rebuild his career in the Championship but originally struggled to get in Hull’s team, although he has had an impressive start to 2019-20.

Ovie Ejaria (Adam Lallana, 75)

Ejaria has only played one game for Liverpool since that Plymouth game, as he gained experience on loan at Sunderland and then at Rangers under Steven Gerrard.

The midfielder is currently on loan at Reading in the Championship, but that move will become permanent next year.

Lallana was a regular under Jurgen Klopp, but he has had two consecutive injury-hit seasons.

Divock Origi

After his disastrous loan spell at Wolfsburg, nobody expected Origi to remain at Liverpool as the club tried to offload him in 2018.

However, he turned things around to become a Liverpool hero by scoring a derby winner, two goals against Barcelona and a late goal in the Champions League final.

Speaking about his strike in the final, Origi said: “It was very emotional. It was a dream for me as a young kid to play on that stage.

“Then obviously you get the chance and to be able to score – and what that goal meant for the team – was a very special moment. It’s something I’ll never forget.”

Sheyi Ojo  

The winger won the Under-20 World Cup with England before going to Fulham on loan in 2017-18, and he helped the London club earn promotion back to the Premier League.

After spending last season at Stade de Reims in Ligue 1, Ojo is currently scoring screamers for Rangers while on loan in Scotland.

Ben Woodburn (Roberto Firmino, 75)

Woodburn became the youngest player to ever score Liverpool when he struck against Leeds United in a League Cup quarter-final aged just 17 years and 45 days.

The striker then scored on his Wales debut against Austria in September 2017, but his career has stalled in the last couple of years.

He had a disappointing loan spell at Sheffield United last season and is spending 2018-19 at Oxford United as he tries to get his career back on track

Firmino has become a key part of Liverpool’s front three, and he recently scored his 50th Premier League goal.


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