Ranking the most successful players to come through the LFC Academy

The Liverpool Academy has produced some world class talents over the years.

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3. Jamie Carragher

Before he became the television pundit we know today, Carragher was grinding for 17 years as a one-club man at Anfield. He was one of the most selfless players to ever play for Liverpool as he played all over the pitch, depending on what the situation called for.

His 737 appearances in Red are the second most all-time and this sheer longevity and ability to adapt to an ever-changing game means Carra gets a high spot on this list.

He was also a key member of the 2005 Champions League winning side in addition to a handful of other trophies he lifted with Liverpool.

2. Phil Thompson

Thompson is one of the most decorated players to ever play for Liverpool, let alone come through the Academy. 7 League titles, 2 European Cups, 4 League Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 2 FA Cups and 470 career appearances says a lot.

He was also a true Scouser and Captain just like another player coming on this list. Thompson was able to play in some of the best Liverpool sides of all-time which only enhances his resume for this exercise.

However, as a Captain, he was clearly not just carried and earned his mettle and accolades along the way.

1. Steven Gerrard

Of course he was Number 1 on this list. He's probably first on the majority of Liverpool lists like this. Steven Gerrard took the opportunity given to him by his boyhood club and more than ran with it, he soared.

Gerrard was one of the best Captain's in the history of the club and was regarded as one of the best players of his generation. He never won a Premier League title, but he won everything else he could, including the Champions League.

His placing on this list is about more than just his trophies as it was the impact he had on the club during his playing career and the moments that he created in the highest of pressure situations.

When you tie together silverware, on-field stats and his underlying status in the sport, Gerrard is the clear choice as the most successful player to come through the Liverpool Academy.