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Klopp praises Liverpool youngsters: “would have been lost” without them

Liverpool youngsters showered with huge praises by manager Jurgen Klopp, admitting that the club would “lose” without the young players filling the gaps left behind their injured stars.

The English giants have had a terrible time, suffering a lengthy casualty this term with Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez effectively out for the remaining season because of the pandemic restrictions, with squeezing Premier League fixture schedules.

The likes of Thiago Alcantara, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Naby Keita, Alisson Becker, James Milner, Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also on hold, due to medical touchlines.

Liverpool youngsters clinching their chances:

Klopp shows a strong belief in Liverpool youngsters, as they prove to be energetic, bold saviors, filling up the defensive voids created.

Despite the club’s inflexibilities, the boss has not let down as the results prove to be highly encouraging making it to the top level of the league table with 24 points alongside Tottenham Hotspur, qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Last week, two of the teenagers Neco Williams and Curtis Jones contributed only for one goal against AFC Ajax, guarantying their top spot in their group, while the 22-year-old goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher has kept two clean sheets in his back to back debut matches.

Manager Jurgen Klopp is all set to include rotations for Wednesday’s Champions League Group D stage against FC Midtjylland and is likely to create an expensive opportunity for the young players to impress from their outset, emphasizing their role played in the team.

Manager Jurgen Klopp impressed with youngsters contribution:

“You still need the right kids to use the chance. All the boys did it really well.

“Without them, we would have been lost, to be honest. Thank God it worked out”.

“All the boys did it and you can go through them: what Rhys Williams did in the Champions League is exceptional, what Nathaniel Phillips did when he played in the Premier League was absolutely exceptional, Neco Williams played two really good games in a row, especially the last one”.

“Curtis plays like he’s played 10 years for us. Caoimhin was always a talent and now he has the chance to show that on the big stage, to use that opportunity is nice for him.

“The biggest part is obviously is that they are really ready for this. They are the biggest reason for it.”

– Jurgen Klopp

With the first-choice goalkeeper of Klopp, Alisson Becker adding recently to the casualty, the Reds boss is keen to keep Kelleher, known for his confident playing made in just six first-team appearances.

Curtis Jones, Rhys Williams, and Neco Williams are all expected to start alongside Kelleher in Wednesday Champions League fixture.

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