How can Liverpool utilise their young players this season?

By Max Chaytor

As I am writing this, I am watching reactions to Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona, probably for the 160 th time. I
am sure I am not the only LFC fan who has done this since that night at Anfield. But one of the most
amazing things about that game is that Liverpool’s two most important forwards, Roberto Firmino
and Mohamed Salah did not make an appearance. Xherdan Shaqiri had a wonderful game, and
Divock Origi scored 2 goals that will never be forgotten by Reds fans all over. And with a few young
players returning from loans for the upcoming 2019/2020 season, how can Liverpool’s young stars
make an impact next season?
Easily the most high-profile loan return for Liverpool is Welshman Harry Wilson. After having a
stellar season on loan with Derby County in the Championship, he has a shout to be in Jurgen Klopp’s
plans this season. Making 53 appearances in all competitions, scoring 22 goals and creating 7 assists,
he has the creative spark to make an impact off the bench for Liverpool. On the wing is where he is
most affective, cutting inside and beating defenders with his blistering pace, we could see Wilson
starting in the cup competitions and making an appearance in the league and perhaps the
Champions League. And being only 22, he has his best years ahead of him, and surely, we will be
seeing Harry Wilson a lot more often.
Ryan Kent has been a Liverpool player for very long now; 4 years in fact. But the tricky 22-year-old
Englishman has been on loan at Coventry, Barnsley, Freiburg, Bristol City and most recently, Steven
Gerrard’s Rangers. And almost every pre-season, Kent plays several games and always catches the
eye of Reds fans, almost the definition of “Oh, I remember him!” and the same debate comes up;
Keep, Loan or Sell? Jurgen Klopp has always chosen to loan him, perhaps seeing him as a rough
diamond who can be polished and made into someone who can play a part for the first team in the
future. He had a good season last year at Rangers, playing 39 matches in all competitions in 18/19,
scoring 6 times and assisting on 4 occasions. But whether Jurgen Klopp will finally place his trust in
the 22-year-old this year remains to be seen.
One player yet to leave the club on loan since joining from Chelsea in 2014 is Rhian Brewster. Ever
since the 19-year-old won the Golden Boot as England won U17 World Cup 2 years ago, he has been
hot topic among LFC fans who are keen to see what he can do in the first team. Unfortunately, he
missed the entirety of 2017/2018 season and half of last season due to injury but made a comeback
after being named on the bench in the Champions League Semi-Final against Barcelona. So far, he
has scored 4 goals in pre-season, and Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that he will be in his plans for the
upcoming season. He is a very tricky striker with a quick turn of pace, with a lethal shot as well. We
will see a lot more of Brewster this season, most likely becoming the club third choice striker behind
Firmino and Origi after the departure of Daniel Sturridge.
There are several more youngsters at Liverpool who could have a chance at the club this season,
such as Ovie Ejaria who has also returned from loan, but also players who impressed at youth level
such as Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel. But the trio above have probably the best chance to
breakthrough at the club this season, especially if no marquee signings are to be made. However,
the two signings Liverpool have/have all but made are also two youngsters. Sepp van den Berg is a
giant 17-year-old Dutch defender, who was tipped to replace Matthijs de Ligt at Ajax, whilst the Reds
are also set to secure the signature of highly rated Fulham midfielder Harvey Elliot, who debuted at
the end of last season at only 16, becoming the youngest ever Premier League player. This is a clear
indication that Jurgen Klopp wants to build for the future and is spending his money smartly on

youth who can develop and break into the first team in years to come. And with injury-ravaged
players such as Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also returning to action, it shows Klopp
doesn’t want major signings, and hopefully will place his faith in youth as Liverpool push for their
first Premier League title.

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