Sander Westerveld has heaped plenty of praise on Liverpool’s up-and-coming array of young talent that have recently broken onto the scene, comparing them to Ajax’s Golden Generation of 1995.
A number of Liverpool academy graduates have made a lasting impression under Jurgen Klopp in recent weeks, with the Reds boss forced to put his faith in the club’s young talent as a result of injuries to key personnel.
Curtis Jones, for one, was handed his ninth Premier League appearance of the season during the 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday evening. The 19-year-old has started in four of Liverpool’s previous five league matches.
Meanwhile, Rhys Williams was also entrusted to make only his second league appearance to date, after the Liverpool teenager replaced the injured Joel Matip on the hour-mark.
It epitomises the relentless mentality that Klopp has successfully instilled across all sections of the club, that so many young players can come in and match the required levels to succeed at the top. As a result, it has forced Westerveld to make an exciting prediction.
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“The quality at the moment is amazing,” Westerveld said. “It’s something you saw maybe in the 1995 Ajax team when they were winning the Champions League with 17, 18 and 19-year-old players.”
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Talk about the ultimate praise. To compare Liverpool’s extensive number of breakout stars with the likes of legendary figures such as Frank de Boer, Clarence Seedorf, Edwin van de Sar and Edgar Davids shouldn’t be taken lightly
Jones and Williams are expected to feature in some capacity on Wednesday against Newcastle United, with the latter set to be the beneficiary of a groin injury to Matip.
It will be another stint similar to the one against West Brom, as Liverpool take on a Magpies side who will be looking to frustrate the Reds similarly to how Sam Allardyce did on Sunday evening. Klopp will hope for an emphatic response from his English champions.
Matip and Naby Keita are both expected to miss the midweek encounter and that means Klopp has limited options in defence and midfield once again. This has created an opening for the likes of Jones and Williams to make a lasting impression.