What happened to the last 5 winners of Liverpool’s Academy Player of the Year award

It’s becoming increasingly difficult for young talent to make a name for themselves in the Premier League.

Gone are the days that academy prospects will be given plenty of first-team opportunities.

Now, the majority of them are shipped out on loan to the lower league before, eventually, being sold.

Of course, the best young players can still make the grade at the club they’ve graduated from.

We’ve seen that at Liverpool, despite their recent spending spree.

Of course, Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard are two prime example of that in yesteryear.

But now they have Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The 19-year-old has made the right-back slot his own at Anfield, a club he joined as a 6-year-old.

But with Liverpool competing for the Premier League title and in the Champions League, do their best academy prospects get a fair chance in the first-team these days?

Well, we’ve looked back at their previous five winners of their Academy Players’ Player of the Year to see how their careers have panned out.

Rossiter only managed to make five appearances for Liverpool before he signed for Rangers in the summer of 2016.

He spent eight months out injured last season with a calf injury, playing just six times.

But he’s already managed five matches this season under Steven Gerrard at Ibrox.

Teixeira was very highly-rated at Anfield but the Portuguese only played eight times in the first-team.

During his time at Liverpool, he spent an unsuccessful spell at Brentford in League One before a far more successful spell at Brighton in the Championship.

Teixeira joined Porto in the summer of 2016 after his contract expired at Liverpool, with the club receiving just £250,000 compensation.

A loan to Braga followed before he moved on a free transfer to Vitoria Guimaraes this summer.

He’s now 25-years-old.

2015/16 – BRAD SMITH
Yet another player that failed to progress from the academy to the senior squad.

Eleven appearances for the first-team was as good as it got for the left-back before he signed for Bournemouth for £3 million in, you guessed it, the summer of 2016.

However, in the past two seasons with the south coast club, Smith has made just 10 appearances.

He now finds himself on loan at Seattle Sounders in the MLS.

Ah, finally some success.

Liverpool’s clash against Spurs after the international break will mark Alexander-Arnold’s 50th appearance for the club.

With Nathaniel Clyne missing the entire 2017/18 campaign, Jurgen Klopp put his trust in the youngster and he didn’t disappoint – helping Liverpool reach the Champions League final and finish fourth in the Premier League.

He could well be Liverpool’s right-back for the next 10-15 years.

2017/18 – HARRY WILSON
Wilson got his hands on the accolade last season, despite spending half of it on loan at Hull City in the Championship.

Wilson has only made one appearance for the first-team so far, coming on as a substitute during Liverpool’s FA Cup replay win against Plymouth back in January 2017.

But he’s impressed for Liverpool’s youth sides and scored seven goals in 13 Championship matches for Hull last season.

He’s now playing under Frank Lampard at Derby County and, at the age of 21, will be hoping to break into Liverpool’s first-team next season.