Liverpool U16 coach Pepijn Lijnders talks up club's young talent

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One of Liverpool's coaches has opened up about three of the club's young prospects.

In an interview with Liverpool’s official website, under-16 coach Pepijn Lijnders has been speaking about the role he started last summer while also name-checking some young players supporters may be wise to keep an eye out for in the years to come.

Liverpool are famed for their youth development, with the likes of Jordon Ibe and Raheem Sterling the latest in a long line of players to blossom into first-team stars.

The next batch is already on the way, with Jordan Rossiter, Harry Wilson et al staking a claim for a chance further down the line, but what of the next ones on the seemingly unending conveyor belt.

Lijnders named three players who have already had the chance to train with Liverpool’s first-team; players who fans will be hoping one day excel just as so many have before them.

“My captain and play-maker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, has already trained several times with the first-team,” Lijnders said.

“The same goes for Toni Gomes, our number nine…and also Yan Dhanda, my winger and a quick creative dribbler, has had the opportunity to excel in training sessions with the first-team.”

It is likely to be some time yet before this batch of Liverpool youngsters experience life in the first-team on a regular basis, but they will all know they are at a club that prides itself on not just developing young talent, but rewarding it often earlier than others would.

As a winger, Dhanda may be the player to keep a particular eye on, with the club developing some of the most exciting wide young players in the country, with Wilson and Sheyi Ojo joining the list along with both Sterling and Ibe.

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