We take a look at three young Liverpool defenders who could get a call-up to the match-day squad in the absence of so many centre-back options.
The recent injury suffered by Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho is a hammer blow to the club just as they were looking on the up under new manager Jurgen Klopp.
The French international fell awkwardly against Crystal Palace, was subsequently replaced by Dejan Lovren and Liverpool ultimately lost that match 2-1.
But while the Croatian is likely to deputise for Sakho in the starting line-up, the Frenchman’s time on the side-lines could also see some of Liverpool’s young defenders given a chance on the bench and potentially in the cup competitions.
With Kolo Toure also injured and Tiago Ilori and Andre Wisdom both out on loan, Klopp has limited options, so here we take a look at three Liverpool under-21 defenders who could benefit.
Dan Cleary is a 19-year-old centre-back who can also operate on the left flank if required.
He has recently been captaining Liverpool’s under-21s with Cameron Brannagan promoted to first-team duty and with 24 appearances at that level it would be no surprise to see him on the Reds’ bench in due course.
Tom Brewitt may only be 18 but he has looked very impressive for Liverpool’s under-21 side this season, featuring six times to date.
While he is young there could yet be a place for him on the bench if Klopp feels he needs more specialist centre-back cover rather than calling on utility players.
Arguably the most exciting name on this list, 19-year-old Joe Maguire is predominantly a left-back but he can play anywhere across the back-line.
Maguire has played five matches for the under-21s this season and he was one of the teenagers included in Liverpool’s pre-season tour, proving how highly rated he is at Anfield.