Liverpool are in the midst of what can only be termed a footballing crisis.
Of course that is significantly different from an actual crisis but the game we love exists on a plane far removed from reality.
Brendan Rodgers' side are currently 12th in the Premier League having lost their last three league games and their last four in all competitions.
Defeats to Newcastle United, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Crystal Palace speak of a club at risk of going into freefall and it will be interesting to see how their manager copes in the weeks and months to come.
At times like this it is up to a club’s senior players to step up, but in the absence of that youth should be given a chance to upstage their underperforming elders.
In the past it has worked wonders, with some great stories unfolding when young players are thrown on in acts that are either marks of desperation or signs of genius.
That is why Sergi Canos deserves a chance on the Liverpool bench in the next few games, following his hat-trick for the under-18s in a 5-5 draw with Derby County and due to his all-round ability.
Canos is a 17-year-old former Barcelona player who has impressed since arriving on Merseyside, and while his age and inexperience suggest a stint in the first-team is some way off the truth is Rodgers should take a calculated risk on this occasion.
Young players on form have shown they can make a considerable impact on the top flight and Rodgers has already put his faith in the likes of Jordon Ibe, Raheem Sterling and Joao Teixeira, so why not Canos.
He would do no worse than some of Liverpool’s underperforming senior players and it could take an unlikely spark from the bench to give the Reds some much needed momentum before the rot sets in.