Robbie Savage has a stern warning for Liverpool’s youngsters

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A young Liverpool side were held to a 2-2 draw Exeter in the FA Cup.

Former midfielder Robbie Savage says Liverpool’s younger players looked well off the pace in terms of fitness and know-how during their recent FA Cup draw at Exeter City, the Mirror report.

Writing his column for the Mirror, Savage feels that Liverpool’s struggles against Exeter illustrates the importance of heading out on loan and picking up valuable league match experience.

“There was a world of difference between the fitness levels and battle-hardened know-how of Exeter's experienced professionals and the youngest Liverpool team I've ever seen,” Savage explained.

“To me, it underlined the importance of talented youngsters needing to play every week at a high competitive level.”

“Some of those Liverpool players might go on to enjoy successful careers. But if they didn't know it already, they will know now: There are no short cuts to the top from the Under-21 squad at a big club.”

Among the Liverpool eleven which featured against Exeter included the likes of Connor Randall, Kevin Stewart, Cameron Brannagan, Ryan Kent and goal scorer Jerome Sinclair.

These players regularly ply their trade in the club’s U21 team, with their only real match experience coming in the U21 Premier League where they face off against fellow youth teams.

The pace and intensity of youth football is incomparable with senior league football, especially in league such as League One and Two where the ferocity, strength and determination is on another level.

As such, Savage alludes the fact that the jump from U21 to Liverpool’s first-team is so big that the club’s younger players could be ill-prepared – which then may prompt bigger issues down the line.

The likes of Sinclair and Brannagan would be wise to follow in the footsteps or Jordon Ibe, a player who enjoyed spells at Birmingham City and Derby County before taking the plunge at Anfield.

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