Liverpool could face a problem with the homegrown quota in their squad next season, but there are solutions in-house and in the transfer market.
What is a homegrown player?
In the Premier League, a player counts as homegrown when they have been registered to an English or Welsh club for a period of three seasons (or years) before his 21st birthday.
A club requires eight homegrown players to register a full 25-man Premier League squad – a maximum of 17 non-homegrown players can be registered.
Players aged 21 or under can be homegrown but do not need to be registered.
In the Champions League, eight squad places are reserved for ‘locally trained’ players, which are either:
Club-trained players: on a club’s books for three years between the ages of 15 and 21.
Association-trained players: on another club’s books in the same association for three years between the ages of 15 and 21.
No club can have more than four association-trained players among their eight locally trained players.
Who are Liverpool’s homegrown players?
There are currently seven homegrown players in the Premier League squad, those being: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Caoimhin Kelleher, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Nat Phillips.
In terms of the Champions League, a 24-man squad was registered with UEFA in September with seven locally trained players; four are classed as club-trained and three association-trained.
Those are: Kelleher (club), Gomez (club), Phillips (club), Alexander-Arnold (club), Henderson (association), Milner (association) and Fabio Carvalho (association).
Oxlade-Chamberlain was not registered for the Champions League group stage but would be eligible as association-trained, taking that quota up to eight.
So where is the problem?
The problem comes next season, with the futures of at least four of those homegrown players in question.
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Milner are both due to see their contracts expire in the summer, while Kelleher and Phillips are expected to push for moves elsewhere.
That would leave Liverpool needing to find solutions either in their wider squad or in the transfer market.
Are there any players eligible from next season?
Jones, homegrown and club-trained, is the obvious candidate, but there are eight other players eligible as homegrown from next season.
However, they would obviously need to be up to the standards required to play first-team football for Liverpool.
Adam Lewis and Anderson Arroyo, who are both 23, are technically eligible as homegrown players already, but were sent out on loan instead.
Could Liverpool find solutions in the transfer market?
There is a strong chance that Liverpool would prioritise homegrown status when weighing up potential targets for the summer transfer window.
That has already been suggested when it comes to replacing the soon-to-be free agent Adrian – and potentially Kelleher – with Hannover goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler qualifying as homegrown due to his time spent with Man United.
Jude Bellingham would qualify as homegrown in the Premier League but would not need to be registered until 2025/26.
Unfortunately, he would never qualify as locally trained in the Champions League.
When are other notable youngsters eligible?
Here is when 16 youngsters considered either part of the first-team squad or on the fringes would need to be registered as homegrown in the Premier League: