Jurgen Klopp is keeping a close eye on Liverpool’s youngsters as yet more of the club’s academy products eye places in the team.
High-profile injuries have forced Klopp to dig into his reserves on several occasions already this season, with Nat Phillips, Rhys Williams and Curtis Jones among those to have seen game-time.
With Sunday’s clash against Leicester City set to see the Reds without Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mohamed Salah – as well as potentially Fabinho – Klopp needs his young players like never before in his Reds reign.
Some have stepped up already, and the German says he’s been impressed by others after they joined in with first-team training.
“Of course, we know all Nat played a super game, Rhys a super game, Curtis is maybe the main example,” said Klopp in his press conference on Friday.
“But there are other boys in training at the moment, they all look really, really good.
“[Luis] Longstaff, [Paul] Glatzel, Leighton Clarkson, Jake Cain, they look sensationally well.”
Clarkson played in the young Liverpool sides that faced Aston Villa and Shrewsbury in the domestic cups last season, with Longstaff playing in the former and Cain the latter. Glatzel missed the whole of last season with injury.
Klopp also gave a mention to 18-year-old centre-back Billy Koumetio, who recently returned from injury.
“Billy is back as well, after all the little and big issues he had, he’s back in training,” he continued.
“So we are blessed with a lot of talent around us. Some were not in training but are already maybe on their way, who I don’t know in the moment.
“The door is open, in our situation especially the door is open, but the door is always open and it helps when you have the same idea of football.”
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