Liverpool have held back three youngsters to train with their first-team. All three could have roles to play this season.
Kaide Gordon, Conor Bradley and Owen Beck all spent pre-season with the Liverpool first-team, along with other youngsters. All three are still training with the first-team, too, despite others heading back to the youth teams.
It comes ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Norwich City on Saturday. The Reds might just have room for the trio.
Gordon is the most exciting of the three, consistently showing huge potential over pre-season. It’s enough that we wonder if Liverpool see a first-team future quite soon.
Enough to get a game on Saturday? We’re not sure. But we expect to see Gordon make his full debut before long.
So it’s not a shock that Liverpool want to keep him around the first-team. Bradley is certainly a player with great potential and exposing him to a high level will only help him reach it.
Williams does remain at the club, however. That limits Bradley’s opportunities in the short-term and possibly long-term.
It’ll be interesting to see how Liverpool handle the right-back.
Andy Robertson’s injury makes Beck the second-best natural left-back at the club. Kostas Tsimikas will almost certainly start in the Scot’s absence but having Beck around is important.
We’re not sure Liverpool would actually throw him into a first-team game, however. Beck might just be there to operate as a left-back in training.
But the chance is there if Tsimikas can’t play for whatever reason. It would mean a mini-injury crisis is happening if we do see Beck – it turns out those can happen, though.