PHOTOS: Ryan Kent & Connor Randall in Liverpool first-team training

The winger and full-back trained with Brendan Rodgers' first team on Friday afternoon.

Liverpool's youth academy has achieved plenty of success in recent years.

The Reds have not quite yet developed the new Jamie Carragher or Steven Gerrard - but several talents coming through their youth ranks are certainly showing potential for the future.

The likes of Jordan Williams, Jordan Rossiter, Sheyi Ojo and more have impressed for Liverpool's Under-18 and Under-21 sides in recent times and some of them have featured regularly during first-team training, where boss Brendan Rodgers is said to show them plenty of warmth and hospitality.

They are not just there to make up the numbers.

Which is all the better for winger Ryan Kent, the 18-year-old who was today pictured in training with the Liverpool first team ahead of this weekend's trip to Crystal Palace. And the same goes for Connor Randall, the right-back who turns 19 today. Training with the first team isn't a bad birthday present, is it?

Rodgers' men travel to Selhurst Park on Sunday, where they will hope to banish memories of surrendering a 3-0 lead there last season, and Kent & Randall trained with the Reds ahead of the Premier League clash.

That is not to suggest that the winger or 19-year-old will necessarily take part in that match, of course, but the experience will no doubt benefit their future development, even though it is not the first time Randall in particular has practiced with the senior squad.

Liverpool, though, could certainly do with a player of the Kent mould - one that takes on defenders and shows no fear on the ball.

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