Liverpool boss gives hope to Javi Manquillo, who hasn't featured since February

Brendan Rodgers

The Spanish full-back became a victim of the change in system.

Liverpool made plenty of signings back in the summer, not many of them coming good. The likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Mario Balotelli have all struggled for consistent form.

Another who has suffered is Javier Manquillo.

The Spaniard arrived at Anfield on a two-year loan deal from Atletico Madrid. He has however only played just 19 times this season, and has not featured for the first-team since the UEFA Europa League exit to Besiktas in February.

Brendan Rodgers has now been discussing the young player, suggesting there is still hope for the player at Liverpool for next season:

He told the Liverpool Echo:

"When the system changed it was obviously a little more difficult for him.

"Young Manqui is a good defender. He has come in, he signed a two-year loan because the first year was always going to be about adapting to the league and of course he hasn't played as much as he probably would have liked to play.

"But a lot of that has been due to the system change. He is a good kid and hopefully he comes back in pre-season and can work well and work his way into the team."

Liverpool swapped to a three at the back in the new year and that certainly saw Manquillo somewhat redundant as a traditional full-back.

He is definitely a talented individual and the hope is he can still come good at Anfield.

It will remain to be seen if he can however adapt to the new system at Liverpool, or if Rodgers is hoping to bring in new players and revert back to a back-four.

Manquillo will hope so, as then he can really demonstrate his ability.

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