The Liverpool youngsters stepped up to knock Shrewsbury Town out of the FA Cup on Tuesday. The young side only looks two players away from being genuinely competitive.

It was an incredible result. This was a team of teenagers, many of whom had never played senior football, knocking out a League One side.

Neco Williams kisses the badge at the Kop end.

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Liverpool controlled the game, pressed excellently and really played like a Jurgen Klopp team. There was a lot to be excited about.

And you came away from the game with a sense that this young team is close to being genuinely competitive. They proved to be good enough at League One level, that’s for sure.

But they dominated the game. They dominated it almost entirely, in fact, but fell short in just two areas.

 

If this young could find a goalscorer comfortable at senior level, for instance, they’d win games like this easily. Liam Millar ran and put a shift in but he lacked the knowhow against experienced defenders.

But making his job even harder was the lack of cohesion with midfield. That’s the other thing lacking from the Liverpool youngsters, after all – a bit of creativity from the middle.

Perhaps Curtis Jones could play that role, bringing the ball out from midfield and linking the attack. That would require a left-winger to take his place, however.

Curtis Jones looks like a natural leader at Liverpool.

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Regardless of how you do it, this team is just two players away from looking genuinely competitive. You’d wonder how far they can go, in fact.

They’d be towards the top of League One at the very least, possibly even lower Championship. And the fact that Liverpool developed a team of teenagers where you can say that is truly remarkable.

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