Liverpool took part in an 11 v 11 training session on Monday that showcased five teenagers. They could very well feature when the Premier League returns this month.
Liverpool aren’t quite back but they’re getting there. Monday saw a proper training session at Anfield as the Reds split into two teams for their first 11-a-side in months.
Above all, this session showed us who we can expect to see around the first team when football returns. There were some notable absences, however, per the Liverpool Echo’s report.
Gini Wijnaldum sat in the stands and watched, for instance. While Xherdan Shaqiri and Joel Matip are missing from the paper’s starting team lists.
Who did make it, though, were five teenagers. Yasser Larouci, Neco Williams, Ki-Jana Hoever, Curtis Jones, and Harvey Elliott all played alongside the more usual first-teamers at Anfield.
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And seeing that, you simply have to imagine that the quintet will play their part for the remainder of the season.
It will be an intense period of games, after all, meaning rotation in and out of games will be important. FIFA have already expanded the number of substitutions allowed in games to five and if the Premier League adopts that, we could see plenty of opportunities for young players.
But that same will likely happen with starting XIs, too. Teams haven’t played for three months and without a proper pre-season, no one can play every game.
That gives opportunities to young players – especially at Liverpool. The Reds only need six points to clinch the title, meaning there are plenty of games where Jurgen Klopp can test whoever he wants without risk.
So these five teenagers should get games with Liverpool when the Premier League returns. It’ll be a golden opportunity to seal a first-team squad place for next season.