Brendan Rodgers still keen to give youngsters a chance

Brendan Rogers Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Despite the loss of several academy products this summer, Rodgers says young players are an integral part of his side.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said that young players will get a chance at the club despite a number of players who have come through the youth system departing the club during the summer. 

Conor Coady, Kristoffer Peterson, Jack Robinson and Martin Kelly were amongst those to have left the club - whilst the Reds brought in nine players.

Rodgers told the Liverpool Echo that it's not about the age but about the 'talent and commitment' they bring to the club as well.

He said: “Look at Raheem [Sterling] and what he’s achieved since he broke into the side. He’s only 19 but is maintaining his place. If other players here have that quality then they will play.

Javier Manquillo is only 20 but after arriving here he went straight into the team because he showed up so well in training and in the Borussia Dortmund game. He will feature heavily for us this season."

There's little doubt that Rodgers has given more younger players a chance than previous Liverpool managers in recent years. If they have taken their opportunity, they're usually given another. In his first season in charge you only need to look at how often the likes of Suso and Sterling were used, along with Andre Wisdom, whilst Jon Flanagan was given an opportunity to shine last season and ended up becoming a regular at full-back.

Rodgers added: “Young players inspire senior players as they come in and add energy.

“The more senior players then use their experience to help and guide the youngsters.

“Every player here will be able to contribute and I will need them all this season as we’ve got a lot of games. That is a great position to be in as the manager."

It seems the mixture of youth and experience is vital in the Liverpool manager's eyes going forward, but as at every club, not all of the players from the academy will make it. But if they take the opportunity afforded to them, and impress, they stand a pretty good chance.

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