Liverpool's business and transfer model under FSG since Brendan Rodgers took charge in June 2012 has involved recruiting talented young players who can be developed at the club as well as on loan. If they don't make it at the club, there can be a reasonable fee involved especially if they have impressed on loan at a decent level. Raheem Sterling is an example of the various avenues that are available to the club if a youngster breaks through into the first-team squad. A young player with talent and application can be a fine option for any manager to turn to, but if there is a problem securing his long-term future, he can be sold for quite the considerable profit.
Even players such as Alberto Moreno, Emre Can, and Lazar Marković fit into this category even though their fees suggest that expectations are focused on the present as well as the future. This summer, there has been a focus on signing players with the experience, work ethic, maturity, and talent to improve the first-team squad immediately. James Milner is 29, Nathaniel Clyne is 24, Roberto Firmino turns 24 in October, and top target Christian Benteke will be 25 in December. Still, Divock Origi, Joe Gomez, and Danny Ings will join the squad this summer, and Liverpool have signed two wonderkids this summers.
Brooks Lennon has arrived from Real Salt Lake and Bobby Adekayne joins the club from Barcelona in a busy week for signing potential stars of tomorrow. This approach is set to continue with news of Allan Rodrigues de Souza being linked with a move to Anfield. The Internacional youngster is a midfielder commonly known as "Allan" and would cost the club £500,000 according to reports from The Guardian's Andy Hunter and The Daily Express' Paul Joyce. Both journalists have also brought news of Luis Alberto's possible departure, but Deportivo La Coruña are only interested in a loan.
That's part of signing young players who could be stars of the future: some make it and some don't. Hopefully players associated with the club at academy and senior level receive a good footballing education in the academy, some opportunities with the first-team squad if possible, and loans tailored to their respective talents. Maybe a few life lessons and personal development thrown in for good measure.
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