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What happened to Liverpool’s local lads tipped to be the ‘next Steven Gerrard’?

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If Trent Alexander-Arnold makes Liverpool’s squad for the Merseyside derby tonight it will add an interesting subplot to a game in little need of extra talking points.

The 18-year-old had a choice between Liverpool and Everton when he was a youngster but sided with the red half of the city.

In Steven Gerrard’s autobiography ‘My Story‘ Alexander-Arnold received lavish praise, with many tipping him to fill the former Liverpool captain’s boots.

But he’s not the first local lad to be named as Gerrard’s heir. So how have other youngsters in a similar situation progressed?

Jay Spearing

Spearing partnered Gerrard in the heart of midfield on several occasions after making his Liverpool debut in the Champions League in 2008.

While he possessed much of the same bite and aggression as Gerrard he wasn’t as technically gifted, leaving Anfield five years later to join Bolton.

The former Liverpool Under-18s captain is now playing in League One, having suffered relegation with Bolton last season.

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Jordan Rossiter

In the wake of Liverpool Under-19s hammering Inter 4-1 Robbie Fowler, a man who knows a thing or two about local promise, hailed Rossiter as ‘potentially a young Stevie G’.

A goalscoring first-team debut at 17 ensured the hype remained high, but a path to regular senior appearances never really opened up.

The 19-year-old ran his contract down and signed for Rangers in the summer where injuries have hampered his efforts to settle in.

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Conor Coady

At one point Liverpool had three England captains on their books. Coady was skipper of the Under-18s, Jordan Henderson the Under-21s and Gerrard the senior side.

A loan spell in League One at Sheffield United was successful only in earning him a move to Huddersfield Town.

After one season at Huddersfield Coady joined Wolves, where he’s been a regular in midfield this season.

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Darren Potter

Whisper it quietly but Potter actually started his career down the road with Everton before joining Liverpool.

He was part of Liverpool’s Champions League winning squad in 2005, coming off the bench against Bayer Leverkusen in the round of 16.

Can now be found at MK Dons where, briefly, it looked like a reunion with Gerrard was on the cards.

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John Welsh

There was talk Welsh, then 21, would replace Gerrard in the Liverpool team when Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter came calling in 2005.

But Gerrard stayed and Welsh left, joining Hull permanently in 2006, only for a tackle with former team-mate Neil Mellor to leave him with a broken leg.

The 32-year-old is now at Preston although his playing time has been relatively limited this season.

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