They had a couple of chances last year but Brendan Rodgers had more games to give them an opportunity in. What are their chances this term?
Two of Liverpool’s brightest young forwards featured in the under 21’s 5-0 win over Sunderland last night: Adam Morgan who has been a more prominent player so far this season – notably for his Xabi Alonso-esque strike against Manchester City from near the halfway line – and Samed Yesil who arrived at the club from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2012.
Neither of the players are expected to feature prominently in Brendan Rodgers' seniors this season as Liverpool have three recognised strikers within the first team and two of them are playing every week in Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge. Iago Aspas seems to be the man who is providing cover.
But if the unfortunate event occurs where one of Sturridge or Suarez gets injured, Liverpool do look a little short in that area, so will either Morgan and Yesil, in time, be considered to be part of the first team’s fold?
Yesil has just recovered from injury but featured in both of Liverpool’s League Cup ties last season, one a win against West Brom and the other a defeat to Swansea. As one would probably expect of a young player at the top level, they were contrasting.
At West Brom, he showed no signs of lacking in confidence, whenever he picked up the ball the first thought in his mind appeared to be ‘get a shot on target’ whereas his performance against Swansea made him look incredibly isolated and lightweight – though having a player of similar build in Joe Cole will leave nothing to help that particular cause.
Adam Morgan is a different breed of player… he seems a lot happier to drop off the main striker and pick up the ball. Though he does need to bulk up a bit to be part of any first team action, he can get knocked off easily, but seems technically able. He certainly has the ability to finish well, likes to drift into the channels and can play well in between the lines – more like a number seven than a nine.
Are we likely to see them in the Liverpool first team this season? The opportunities are somewhat limited due to the lack of European football – which we saw Morgan participate in last term – but as the season goes on and they do impress at under 21 level – they could be the next duo to be invited to be in and around the first team setup a lot more. But their chances of getting more than one or two appearances appear to be slim.
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