Yes, there have been exceptions, as former Academy stars like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Raheem Sterling and Conor Coady have all developed into outstanding Premier League players, while other players like Daniel Ayala, Sergi Canos and Andre Wisdom have become established championship stars.
Liverpool has been blessed over the years with a number of talented young players, some of whom have become stars through the popular football manager games, but not all of them have reached the heights expected of them.
We took a look at some of the young Liverpoolers who have been heralded as prodigies by the football manager over the years to see what has become of them.
We gathered a selection of former Liverpool youngsters to see what happened to them after they left Anfield.
But with every success there are often a few who have never fully realized their potential, with players like Krisztian Nemeth, Krisztián Adorján and Samed Yesil all hoping for fame and glory.
Performances in Liverpool: 58
Position: Wing player
However, he eventually signed with Bournemouth in 2016 for a £15 million fee, but never really achieved the impact that many had expected, as Ibe was eventually dismissed from the championship team at the end of the 2019/20 season.
Ibe stormed onto the stage under former boss Brendan Rodgers, and the winger signed a five-year contract in 2015. The now 24-year-old showed his outstanding quality in Anfield and many gave him the tip for a similar career to Raheem Sterling.
Ibe signed for Derby County in September 2020 and hopes to get his career back on track at Pride Park.
Position: Full backing
It is often forgotten that Flanagan, also known as “Scouse Cafu”, was a key player in Liverpool’s 2013/14 Premier League title fight, with the full-back making 23 appearances this season, often as a left-back.
Appearances in Liverpool: 51
“I started hearing about him by watching Premier League games and observing his performance along with other players,” Cafu said.
“Then I saw on the news that he was the Red Cafu,” Cafu said. So there’s nothing better than to come into town and take a picture with my successor.
In 2015, Brazilian legend Cafu said on the official Liverpool website that the Fullback could be his successor.