The two teenagers given fresh backing from Liverpool

Liverpool have offered professional contracts to youngster Lloyd Jones and Daniel Trickett-Smith ahead of the new season.

The duo both impressed in Liverpool’s youth teams last season and they will both now be getting very excited about the possibility of some first team action under Brendan Rodgers next season.

Rodgers is a manager who has shown remarkable skill in terms of knowing when to blend younger players into the first team, using the likes of Raheem Sterling, Suso, Jordon Ibe and several other young players well last season.

Jones is a mountain of a defender who signed for the club from Plymouth Argyle back in 2011.

His consistency in the NextGen series last season has seen him rewarded in the best possible way and there have been a few suggestions that he could be the person to replace Jamie Carragher over the long term.

Physically he doesn’t look like the sort of youngster who is going to be intimidated too frequently if he does get the chance to make a Premier League debut at some point next season.

Trickett-Smith arrived at the club as a product of the Crewe Alexandra academy system, which is notorious in the UK for producing some of the best young players around.

His ability as an aggressive and forward thinking midfielder made him a natural stand-out player in the youth teams last season, as he scored goals, created chances and provided a glimpse back to when Steven Gerrard was the same age.

The obvious argument for him having less of a chance behind Jones next season is that Liverpool already have a very established crop of midfielders.

However, Trickett-Smith is a very versatile player who can play different midfield positions as well as slotting in behind a main striker.

It’s important to bear in mind that both players are very young men so they are not going to be ousting established stars from their positions any time soon.

The fact Liverpool have given them both deals is significant because it’s a tribute to the way they have worked hard and performed so far during their careers with the club.

The League Cup and the FA Cup are their best chances of initially featuring and they could well get onto the bench at some point for Europa League and Premier League games.

However, potential loan deals are always going to be the better option, which will allow each of them to come back to Liverpool, more ready and determined to become the next Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard.

They both absolutely stink of potential and Liverpool have done superbly to get them both on deals before they can be poached away.

Do you think either will get a first team chance next season?

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