The 40-young-man shortlist for the Golden Boy 2015 award has been released featuring 13 Premier League fledglings, two of whom are at Liverpool. Belgium international Divock Origi and
Nigeria England youth international Jordon Ibe have been nominated for the accolade of best young European player.
Raheem Sterling, then of Liverpool, won the award last year up against 39 other hot prospects that included Origi and Lazar Marković. Liverpool need some more youth and pace in the team, but will the current nominees succeed Sterling as the latest winner of the award?
It's unlikely that either will win the award, but being nominated should boost the confidence of two young players Jürgen Klopp will need for a different of reasons. Both are talented, which underpins why they'll be needed over the course of the season. Yet the injuries in attack and lack of pace in wide areas mean they'll be needed even more.
Ibe scored his first goal for the club against Rubin Kazan yesterday, while Origi is still open his goalscoring account for Liverpool. It's good for young players to have their progress at Liverpool recognised, but developing as well as keeping those talents will be important in the years ahead.