Liverpool are at the top of the pile when it comes to home-made talent in the Premier League, according to new research.
The Northwestern city is best known for giving the world the Beatles, but it turns out that they also do quite well in football players.
The sports platform OLBG has worked to ensure that Liverpool has produced an impressive 35 top stars from a population of 498,043.
They include Reds star Trent Alexander-Arnold, Wolves captain Conor Coady and Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley.
The figure accounts for 3 per cent of the total UK representation in the league as a whole – more than any other city in the UK.
This is shown by the Football Hotbeds study from OLBG, which has dived into the birthplaces of more than 1,000 British-born players who have been in the Premier League over the last 30 years.
Merseyside as a whole accounts for 50 players, placing it only in second place after Greater London (103) in the regional table.
In addition to current talents such as Reece James, Luke Shaw and Emile Smith Rowe, the long line of Premier League stars who have come from the capital include Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand and Tony Adams.
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Interestingly, south London boroughs Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Kingston, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, Wandsworth provided 51 of Greater London’s Premier League representatives, making it something of a football venue.
However, the City of London has only produced 11 Premier League players, placing it ninth on the list of cities, excluding regions as a whole.
By diving a little further into the data, Liverpool leads in two key positions – defenders and midfielders.
Such as Alexander-Arnold, teammate Curtis Jones and Everton star Anthony Gordon are among those currently playing in the top tier.
The study also found that Everton have fielded more Liverpool-born players than their rivals across cities, while Manchester City and Manchester United are neck-and-neck with four stars each, who were born in Manchester.
Manchester itself is third on the all-time list with 28 Premier League players, placing it above Sheffield (23) and Nottingham (18), but below the 31 from Birmingham.
England’s second city has produced nine strikers, more than any other British rival, with former Aston Villa and English striker Gabby Agbonlahor among them.
Of the current harvest of Premier League clubs, four have yet to field a player born in their respective city or town over the past 30 seasons.
Even after his failed move to Manchester City, Spurs fans may like to claim that Harry Kane is one of their own, but the 28-year-old was actually born in Walthamstow, not Tottenham.
The rest of the clubs in the top division this season account for 4.5 per cent of all British players who have played in the Premier League since its formation in 1992.