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Familiar faces in Liverpool's U21's, Rodgers to freshen up side?

With a couple of injury worries, some familiar faces took part in Liverpool Under 21's 5-2 win over Sunderland.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers may be looking to use more of his squad in the coming weeks after fielding five players with first team experience in Liverpool’s Under 21’s 5-2 win against Sunderland.

Jordon Ibe, Raheem Sterling, Martin Kelly, Luis Alberto and John Flanagan all featured along with new signing Tiago Ilori.

At a time when Glen Johnson is out injured, and Andre Wisdom has not looked completely convincing at right-back, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers’ watched Martin Kelly complete 90 minutes in that position as he continues his recovery from injury – with the possibility of him being considered for selection in the next week, perhaps?

Luis Alberto has been talked about as a possible replacement for Phillipe Coutinho in the starting line-up as the Brazilian has been ruled out until the end of October with a shoulder injury. With such a big week ahead for the club, as they look to continue their momentum up at the top of the table, with a Capital One Cup tie with Manchester United sandwiched in between.

Ibe and Sterling have both featured for the first team, Sterling more so last season, and has been making regular appearances from the bench this term whilst Ibe looks to be on the fringes of the first team. It is also expected that despite centre-back becoming a hotly contested position at the club, Ilori will have some first team opportunities this season after signing for around £7m.

It seems as though with Liverpool starting to pick up injuries, Rodgers is and will keen in the near future to see under 21’s manager Alex Inglethorpe giving some of the younger players who are on the fringes of the first team some competitive game time.

Is there much to be read into this? It may just be a case of keeping players sharp but as the season goes on there will be a need to make changes, whether enforced through injury or because of the opposition – though Rodgers isn’t that much of a rotator if his tenure thus far at Anfield is anything to go by. So it's more than likely injuries and form will enforce changes. 

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