Teixeira without nerves on debut as Rodgers backs Liverpool's youngsters to perform

The Liverpool manager has given young players a chance during his time at Anfield.

Liverpool’s latest youngster to be given an opportunity to shine, Joao Carlos Teixeira, said he wasn’t nervous when he was introduced into the action for the Reds in their 3-2 win over Fulham.

Teixeira put in a composed performance late on in the game as he replaced Raheem Sterling for his first appearance in the first team with Liverpool searching for a crucial winner at Craven Cottage.

He was quoted by the club’s official website saying: ‘I wasn’t feeling nervous, I was feeling alright – I was confident. The boss gave me confidence. I came on and did my best.

‘The manager said maybe I could score and it would be great for me if I scored. I was confident and I tried. It didn’t go in but there’s next time.’

The 21-year-old looked very composed when on the ball and didn’t show signs of being overawed in the game. He seemed to look at where he put the ball carefully and was confident enough to take a shot on at a crucial point in the game.

From his cameo display it is not surprising that Brendan Rodgers has backed the youngsters in the team to play a significant part as they look to secure Champions League football this season.

The Liverpool boss is quoted in the Liverpool Echo saying: ‘We have great belief in the young players we have got and I want to build on that over the coming years.

‘With so many young players in our squad that learning is taking place on the biggest stages of all. We just need to continue to work how we have been. Pressure can only hurt you if you let it hurt you. We will just continue to just talk about football and focus on making people better.’

A big ask it maybe for the youngsters to make up for some of the holes that Liverpool do have in the squad but it is encouraging to see that so many young players are getting the opportunity to perform in what seem to be a key season for Liverpool to build on in the next few seasons.

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