PHOTO: Daniel Cleary trains with Liverpool first-team

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Irishman Daniel Cleary has been training with the Liverpool first-team this week to help make up the numbers.

It was not a good international break for Liverpool. Lazar Markovic picked up a knock with Serbia while the hard work Daniel Sturridge put in getting back to full fitness went to the pits when he suffered a calf strain in training yesterday, ruling him out for another two-three weeks.

Then there was the Raheem Sterling furore and it was quite frankly a week to forget for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool.

Of course they also lost Dejan Lovren. The Croatian centre back suffered an injury on international duty, a tear to his abdominal muscle, according to the Croatian FA. Liverpool have played down those concerns and there is even a small chance he could feature for The Reds this weekend against QPR.

But they have drafted in a young centre-back from the youth team to cover things at Liverpool training in the form of Irishman Daniel Cleary.

He was snapped in action at Melwood yesterday after clearly impressing Rodgers this campaign.

Signed in 2011 from Crumlin United the young central defender from Dublin was the number one appearance maker for the club's under-18s last season so might just have a future at Anfield.

Here are some of the pictures of him in action.

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