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The three hidden Liverpool stars who could star in the fight with Man City

While Liverpool's Under 18s prepare for Manchester City on Thursday night in the FA Youth Cup final, the names Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel are perhaps the outstanding representatives of those who will be Barry Lewta's starter for the showpiece.

Glatzel was the hero of the semi-final against Watford in Anfield over a month ago. Duncan has scored 30 goals for the Reds' youth this season since joining opponents on Thursday last summer.

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But they are far from the only ones who have significantly contributed to the young Reds going through the tournament.

Yasser Larouci

Liverpool Yasser Larouci and Manchester United's Largie Ramazani in action during the Premier League Cup match at Kirkby Academy
Liverpool Yasser Larouci and Manchester United's Largie Ramazani in action during the Premier League Cup match at Kirkby Academy

The 18-year-old former winger, who has now become an attacking full-back for the young Reds, arrived from France's Le Harve about two years ago.

Since then, Larouci has worked hard to establish himself as an important member of the U18 team. His marauders are running deep and the force on the ball is a common sight for Lewtas' team both in the academy and abroad.

While it is clear that his wing-player's instinct is still very much alive – and his first thought is often to dribble the ball forward at his feet – Larouci's defense work has improved considerably in recent months to become the final on Thursday another chance for him to be on the big stage.

Jake Cain

Jake Cain from Liverpool and Einar Iverson from Everton in action
Jake Cain from Liverpool and Einar Iverson from Everton in action

The creative midfielder has been part of the Reds Academy since joining the U9 age group. He has an eye for a passport and excellent work ethic. He often determines the pace of the game from the center of the field and is a trustworthy member of Lewtas' team, both outside and outside the ball. He rarely loses a pass and is able to launch a strong attack if necessary.

Cain was not a key part of the Reds' run to the final until September 18th. He played up to one of the five rounds, the young Reds had gone through, including the 5-1 victory against Bury in the quarter final.

He will once again play an important role in preserving his team and he hopes he can improve his three goals this season.

Abdi Sharif

Lazar Markovic (11) from Liverpool celebrates his goal with Abdi Sharif while playing the Premier League International Cup at the Kirkby Academy

The exciting winger has also been a Liverpool player since the age of nine. He played in a red jersey in various roles during his time, including full-back, center-back and midfield.

He has been a regular in the U18 setup for more than two years and made his first start to the U23 at the start of this season in the Premier League International Cup against Swansea City, where he has an assist and immediately looks content at a higher level.

Sharif is able to play on every side and his speed and tricks to defeat players. This could be a key weapon on Thursday night when it comes to finding the productive front pair or even hitting the back of the net.

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