Last weekend, Liverpool lifted the Carabao Cup, beating Chelsea 1-0 in extra-time of the final courtesy of a Virgil van Dijk goal. Jurgen Klopp’s team finished the game with several youngsters on the field, including Conor Bradley, Jarell Quansah, James McConnell, Bobby Clark and Jayden Danns.
Although most of the starlets didn’t feature for long, it was a promising sign for Liverpool and the club’s academy. However, which young Liverpool players are wonderkids on FM24?
The youngsters never seem to fulfil their potential on FM24
While they may be shining in real life, off the top of my head, none of the young players seem to fulfil their potential in my FM24 games.
There could be many different reasons why this happens, but from my personal saves, it seems to be that they just don’t get enough football and usually end up off the radar.
Looking at the data editor, the likes of Quansah, Danns and McConnell don’t have big potential in the game compared to other highly-rated players.
Bradley has a potential of -8 on the updated database, which I have only used for one save, while Clark has the same rating. I have seen Clark become a good player in past saves, though.
Maybe these players could fulfil their potential in future games, as there are always players who seem to enjoy better careers when their stats have been updated.
Other Liverpool youngsters have more potential on FM24
Ironically, other Liverpool youngsters have better stats in the game and sometimes fulfil their potential. The one standout is a youngster who has featured a fair bit for the Reds is Spanish midfielder Stefan Bajcetic, who has a potential of -9 on the game.
The youngster is 18 when the first season starts in FM24 and tends to fare better than his contemporaries in the game. In real life, the youngster has made just two appearances for Liverpool this season due to injuries.
However, he made 19 appearances in season 2022/23 and likely would have featured in the Carabao Cup win if he wasn’t sidelined through injury. However, reports suggest he is close to a return to fitness.
Another highly rated player is Scottish youngster Ben Doak, who, at 17, also has a rating of -9 at the start of the game. The youngster is highly regarded at Anfield and is usually the player who develops the best on my FM24 saves.
Unfortunately, like Bajcetic, Doak’s campaign has been hampered by injury, as he is currently sidelined due to a knee injury. He has had surgery to solve his issues, and the club are hopeful he will return to action before the end of the campaign.
A player who is a bit older, right-back Calvin Ramsey, starts the game at 20, and his rating is -8, according to the editor. The full-back brought in from Aberdeen usually becomes a good player, even if I have not yet seen him become an elite star. The youngster is currently on loan at Championship Preston North End.
Defender Luke Chambers also has a rating of -8. The 19-year-old left-back has yet to feature for Liverpool’s first team in real life, but he is currently on loan at League One Wigan Athletic. In the FM24 saves I have played so far, I can’t remember him becoming a top player.
I am not an expert on Liverpool
As a fan of the club from across Stanley Park, I can’t say I am an expert on all things Liverpool, on and off the pitch. I would certainly never choose to manage the Reds. That means I can’t say I am the best person to judge their players on FM24.
However, I am not the most partisan fan, so as a general FM24 player, I do tend to see which players do and don’t develop in the game. With the updated database, maybe some of the players who appeared in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final will start fulfilling their potential on FM24.
As with all youngsters, though, many factors are involved, and some will become stars, and some will fail to make it at the top level.
It will be interesting to see whether any of the youngsters can become first-team regulars at Anfield in the future. If so, then maybe they will become standout players in future editions of FM.
Which of Liverpool’s Carabao Cup youngsters usually fulfil their potential in your FM24 saves?