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Four US youngsters not named Pulisic LFC should sign

With the United States co-hosting the 2026 World Cup, The Transfer Room’s @redphoenixSD looks at four of America’s brightest starlets and whether Fenway Sports Group might look to bring them to Liverpool.

The USA Men’s National Team is an enigma in the world of international football even with the recent rise of US youngsters. Despite being a country with a wide variety of athletic talent, it has been unable to produce a world-class football player.

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This is slowly starting to change. The USMNT have several promising young talents plying their trade in top European leagues.

This is one of the reasons why Liverpool have maintained a keen interest in Christian Pulisic. There are plenty more players on the radar though and Liverpool could uncover a new starlet by expanding their views.

Here are the top four talents in the new generation of USMNT who Liverpool should keep tabs on:

Tyler Adams

Tyler Adams is a 19-year-old midfielder who currently plays for New York Red Bulls. He has been a mainstay in the Red Bulls midfield for the last two seasons.

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He has gone on to make a total of 49 appearances and has 7 international caps for the USMNT. Adams recently agreed on a move to RB Leipzig and is suspected to be the Naby Keïta replacement.

Strengths

Adams’ main strengths come in his intelligence and maturity off the ball. With 2.3 interceptions per game and 2 tackles per game, he could prove to be a good defensive cover in the midfield.

He also has the vision to pick excellent forward passes and catch the goalkeeper off-guard with some long-range shots.

How he would fit into this Liverpool team?

With Fabinho and Keïta unable to cement a place in this current Liverpool side, it would be tough to slot someone like Tyler Adams into the starting XI.

Liverpool’s potential plans to sell under-par players like Adam Lallana and Marco Grujic could provide an opening for a new protege. Adams would be an interesting understudy for Fabinho in the long-run.

Weston McKennie

Weston McKennie is a holding midfielder who has undergone some rapid development. He moved to Schalke from FC Dallas in 2016 and has slowly taken over the role of the main holding midfielder.

He has recorded a total of 26 appearances for Dallas over the last three seasons and he is expected to fill the gap left by Leon Goretzka in the Schalke team. McKennie also has 6 international caps for the USMNT.

Strengths

McKennie’s main eye-catching attribute is his calm and composed nature on the ball. He also has the raw strength and the ability to drive the ball from the midfield.

These attributes allow him to play in the Number 6 as well as the Number 8 position. His early move to the Bundesliga has also helped progress his development faster than other youngsters in USMNT.

How would he fit into the Liverpool team?

McKennie’s style of play is very similar to Georginio Wijnaldum. Liverpool’s Dutch midfielder has the fluidity to rotate between attacking and more defensive positions. McKennie could play a similar role to this should rotation be necessary.

Tim Weah

Timothy Weah is an 18-year-old striker who plays for Paris Saint-Germain. As his name suggests, he is the son of the greatest African player of all time – George Weah.

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Weah joined the PSG academy after moving from the New York Red Bulls Academy in 2014. He made his debut last season against Troyes AC.

He scored his first competitive goal for PSG when he came on as a substitute against Monaco in a 4-0 win in the French Super Cup.

Strengths

Tim Weah is the perfect representation of a modern striker. He is athletic, intelligent and effortless.

Weah can slot into all three positions in the attacking line despite mainly playing centrally for PSG. His dribbling skill means he loves to cut inside and take a shot when playing on either wing.

How would he fit into the Liverpool team?

Liverpool have one of the best front lines in the world but their backup options are significantly weaker. Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri are excellent players but are not wingers by trade. Weah could provide the perfect cover for a striker/winger emergency.

Josh Sargent

Josh Sargent is an 18-year-old USMNT international who currently plays as a striker for Werder Bremen. He is also the youngest US player to score in a U-20 World Cup.

Though he is yet to debut for Werder Bremen, he is deemed as an exciting prospect in the next generation of USMNT players.

Strengths

Sargent is primarily a poacher who is stylistically similar to Harry Kane. He does not have the raw pace or power of most strikers, but he has the vision to beat the defenders and place himself in the ideal place for converting passes and crosses.

How would he fit into the Liverpool team?

In the current Liverpool set up, Sargent would play a similar role to Daniel Sturridge. Sargent could develop in a similar role and provide a safety net for Liverpool. Sturridge’s world-class ability is often trumped by his injury history.

Dominic Solanke and Rhian Brewster are behind Sturridge in the pecking order. Unfortunately, the youngsters both have their issues.

Brewster is returning from a serious injury and Solanke’s indifferent performance last season has set them both back. Liverpool would benefit from Sargent arriving an extra attacking option.

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