Jurgen Klopp has picked two examples of youth prospects set for chances this summer.
“A lot of them will be part of the US tour, we have to use that because of the number of games we play,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Only as an example, Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel: our offensive line that played last year is coming pretty late in joining us in the pre-season, so we have to be creative system-wise and all that stuff, but there will be moments when they have to play.”
He added: “The door is always open for you to the first team”.
And the door really may be open for the duo. Liverpool have lost Daniel Sturridge this summer and while Rhian Brewster will step up, the forward line is the place to break into the side.
Defence and midfield are full of options – attack, not so much. Liverpool were going to move for forwards but the Echo claims they may no longer be interested.
Duncan and Glatzel have real opportunities, then. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane all featured in international tournaments and will be back late. Xherdan Shaqiri is injured, reportedly.
If either Duncan or Glatzel can perform, they may get decent opportunities at the start of the season. It’s possible that all four of these first-team players will be slow to get back.
Divock Origi and Brewster are, therefore, the only definite options. Both are great examples of Klopp giving chances to young players, sticking by his faith in them.
Origi had hit some very poor form for years before taking his chance last year. That’s down to Klopp’s faith in his ability.
Brewster, too, is a beneficiary. He was out for over a year and yet he’s still being given the first-team role that was originally planned.
If Duncan and Glatzel can prove that they’re more than just prospects this summer, they’ll earn that same faith from Klopp.