Brewster, Hoever and the top 10 teenage stars to watch at Liverpool

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The Reds' academy is producing some highly gifted young stars, and here are 10 born in 2000 or later to keep a close eye on

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    #1 Rhian Brewster

    It says a lot Rhian Brewster's talent that he remains very much in Jurgen Klopp's thoughts and plans, despite the fact he hasn't kicked a ball in anger for 14 months.

    A serious ankle and knee injury, sustained in an under-23 game with Manchester City, interrupted the talented striker's progress in January 2018, but Brewster's stock at Anfield remains high.

    Quick across the ground, and with intelligent movement in and around the penalty box, the London-born frontman is already a World Cup winner with England at under-17 level, where he was the tournament's leading goalscorer.

    He featured in Liverpool's matchday squad in a game against Crystal Palace in April 2017, and was a key part of their under-23 and under-19 sides prior to his injury last term.

    Even after his misfortune, he was persuaded to shun interest from the Bundesliga in order to sign a new five-year professional deal with the Reds.

    Now back in full training, he is expected to feature for the under-23s before the end of this season before being eased back into first-team proceedings in the summer.

    We'll hear a lot more from this young man in the coming years, for sure.

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    #2 Ki-Jana Hoever

    Signed from Ajax last summer, it has taken Ki-Jana Hoever no time at all to make his mark on Merseyside.

    The 17-year-old Dutch youth international only made his debut for the under-18s in September, but since then he's been promoted to Melwood and Jurgen Klopp's first-team squad, and was given his Reds debut in their FA Cup third round defeat at Wolves back in January.

    A versatile performer, who can feature as a right-back or centre-back, Hoever has speed and composure in abundance, and uses the ball particularly well from the back.

    After his debut for the under-23s at Everton in November, manager Neil Critchley was suitably impressed. "Wow!" was his succinct appraisal of a player who finished 23rd in this year's NxGn.

    He's set to sign a first professional contract with the Reds in the coming weeks and while Academy staff are keen to preach patience, it is safe to say there are high hopes for the youngster.

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    #3 Curtis Jones

    There are some youngsters who can be daunted by the prospect of playing senior football, among established professionals. Curtis Jones is not one of them.

    Born in Liverpool, the gifted attacking midfielder is already a Melwood regular, having been promoted to the first-team squad last season.

    He made his senior Reds debut at Wolves in the FA Cup in January, and is a key part of the club's UEFA Youth League squad at under-19 level.

    Confident and tricky, the 18-year-old has great feet and the ability to ghost past opponents into dangerous areas.

    Staff are keen to see him add an end product in terms of goals and assists, but Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of his physicality and attitude, believing the home-grown prospect has a great chance of a long-term career at Anfield.

    Liverpool turned down a loan offer from League One in January, believing Jones' development would be best served training day in, day out with Klopp's senior group.

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    #4 Rafa Camacho

    Already a Portugal under-20 international, the versatile Rafa Camacho is another on the cusp of Klopp's first-team squad at Anfield.

    Having joined Liverpool from Manchester City as a 15-year-old, Camacho has developed into a player of immense promise. He made his debut at Wolves in January, and featured as a late substitute in the Premier League against Crystal Palace later that month.

    Originally a winger, he has featured as a full-back, wing-back and even as a centre-forward at under-23 level, and impressed Klopp during last summer's tour of the USA, where he played at right-back.

    Quick and powerful, he dribbles well and has added goals to his game in the last 12 months. Camacho was close to joining Sporting CP on loan in January, but is now very much in Klopp's thoughts as a back-up wide player.

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    #5 Bobby Duncan

    As a cousin of Steven Gerrard, Bobby Duncan is always going to attract attention. Even more so, considering his remarkable goalscoring record.

    Another to swap Manchester City for Liverpool, Duncan has taken to life at Anfield like a duck to water.

    The Huyton-born striker has 26 goals already, forging a terrific partnership with Paul Glatzel at under-18 level.

    Left-footed, strong and single-minded, the England under-17 international scores all types of goals, and works the line tirelessly in the process.

    A bright future awaits...

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    #6 Paul Glatzel

    Born in Liverpool to German parents, Paul (it's pronounced 'Powell') is the other half of the under-18s' deadly strike partnership.

    With 26 goals, the intelligent, left-footed forward works brilliantly in tandem with Bobby Duncan.

    Glatzel, who has represented both Germany and England at youth level, has captained Barry Lewtas' under-18s side this season, and is eager to make up for lost time after two injury-hit years at the Academy.

    His performances have already been rewarded with a promotion to the under-23s, where he has netted two goals in three appearances, and last month he signed his first professional contract with the Reds.

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    #7 Yasser Larouci

    Algerian-born Yasser Larouci joined Liverpool from Le Havre in the summer of 2017, and has become a mainstay of the Reds' under-18 and under-19 sides, recently making the step up to under-23 level too.

    A winger by trade, he has been converted to an attack-minded left-back by Barry Lewtas, with great success.

    A popular member of the Academy, the teenager has speed and strength, and takes on a lot of attacking responsibility from full-back.

    He is qualified to represent both Algeria and France, and has been one of the success stories of the last 12 months with his consistency and willingness to learn.

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    #8 Rhys Williams

    Born in Preston, Rhys Williams joined Liverpool as an under-10 player and is now one of the most promising young defenders around.

    Tall, comfortable in possession and an emerging leader, the centre-back has been in fine form at under-18 level, and has featured for Neil Critchley's under-23 side in recent weeks.

    Another to have recently signed his first professional contract with the Reds.

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    #9 Luis Longstaff

    Signed from Newcastle in 2015, the Darlington-born Luis Longstaff is a versatile attacking midfielder who has already featured for England at under-17 level.

    No relation to Toon star Sean, Longstaff has progressed well at Anfield, moving from the wing into a more central role as Liverpool encourage him to take more responsibility in games.

    A good passer with, according to Barry Lewtas, excellent tactical awareness, Longstaff has had injury issues since the turn of the year but remains a key part of the club's under-18 and under-19 sides.

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    #10 Jake Cain

    A member of Liverpool's 'Wigan crew', Jake Cain is a creative midfielder with an excellent eye for a pass.

    He joined the academy as an under-9 player and is described as someone who never stops working for the team. His partnership in midfield with Leighton Clarkson has been especially impressive this season.

    Cain made his under-18s debut as an under-16 player in 2017-18 under Steven Gerrard and has continued to flourish under Barry Lewtas this season.