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Liverpool youngster can cash in on Sturridge injury

Can Adam Morgan get off to a flier for Liverpool in pre-season?

For Liverpool's senior players, those not involved in internationals, the summer break will mean a rare chance to unwind.

For young players at the club, and other clubs, while tempting to do the same, the summer is where the real work begins.

The players will be hitting the gym aiming to bulk up and show off their development, wishing to hit the ground running when pre-season begins.

And there is good reason, for pre-season more than any other is the time where youngsters get their chances to mix it with the first team, in friendly games and simply being around the squad.

Just ask Adam Morgan, who netted Liverpool's first goal under the management of Brendan Rodgers last season in a 1-1 draw with Toronto.

When the season proper began, the striker found himself marginalised, with the manager deeming him not quite ready for the first team - so this time around he will be keen to show he is.

With uncertainty surrounding the future of Luis Suarez, and Andy Carroll to be sold, the injury to Daniel Sturridge in midweek hands the initiative to Morgan in the fight to get himself noticed.

Sturridge left Wembley with his foot in a protective boot, and the injury is feared to hamper his pre-season involvement.

With teenager Samed Yesil still recovering from a knee injury, and Fabio Borini due an early rest after his upcoming European under-21 exploits with Italy, the opportunity really is opening up for Morgan.

Iago Aspas' arrival will likely see him involved, should it be confirmed, but there is enough reason for Morgan to believe he will get real chances to show what he can do.

Liverpool's pre-season will involve trips to Indonesia, Australia, Thailand and Norway - plenty of traveling which will also call for rotation of players.

The 19-year-old scored 10 goals in 22 under-21 games this season for Liverpool. This summer could be crucial to his prospects, and could even earn him a big loan move to enhance his development.

At the least he needs to show he is deserving of greater chances when it comes to the first team, and if he works hard in the off-season he can give himself the best possible chance of seizing his moment.

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