Jurgen Klopp has reportedly looked over eight academy prospects as Liverpool deal with a first-team injury crisis. The Reds may have to dig deep.
It’s not yet clear how Jurgen Klopp will deal with the injury crisis. He could move players around into unnatural positions. He could resolutely stick with a first XI and run them into the ground.
We see the latter as particularly improbable.
Another option, though, is the place faith in the club’s youth prospects. We’ve already seen that Klopp is open to it, of course, with Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips starting for the first-team.
And more could be on the way. The Mirror reports that eight youngsters trained with the remaining first-team players recently.
They name a trio of goalkeepers in Vitezslav Jaros, Marcelo Pitaluga and Jakub Ojrzynski. Billy Koumetio is there as a centre-half – someone we noticed ourselves.
Jake Cain and Leighton Clarkson are there as midfielders, while Paul Glatzel and Luis Longstaff made up the forwards.
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It’s normal for academy prospects to make up the numbers in training during an international break. The story, then, is more that these are the players on the edge of the first-team.
That’s particularly relevant as Klopp deals with a first-team injury crisis. Liverpool are without around half of the presumed first-choice XI and, let’s be honest, more will drop out before January.
Liverpool play 11 times before New Year, working out as roughly a game every three days. That will be tough.
Now, Liverpool dealt with a tougher period last season in incredible style. They pretty much wrapped the league title over December, playing around 12 games.
But while that period was tough in the number of games, this one will be far more difficult.
Liverpool don’t have a full squad to choose from – far from it. And they haven’t had a normal October/November, either, with the compacted season.
So the eight youngsters mentioned all have a chance. If they can impress in training, they might just squeeze into the thinking when players need resting.
Don’t be surprised to see these names on a teamsheet before long, then.