Michael Beale believes the youngsters at the club could save the club money in the transfer market.
Liverpool under-21 boss Michael Beale has said the young players performing for Jurgen Klopp in cup games are doing well after their latest outing saw them draw 0-0 with West Ham United in the FA Cup, which means they're likely to get another opportunity to shine when they travel to the Boleyn Ground next week.
Kevin Stewart, Cameron Brannagan, Brad Smith and Joao Carlos Teixeira have been among those who have featured prominently for the Reds in the past month or so, and Beale seems to believe that there is enough talent within the youth set-up for the club to profit from on the field in years to come.
Beale told the Liverpool Echo: “Everyone can be pleased with them at the moment, it’s a shame that they didn’t get the win, because I thought that they deserved it, but the replay is another opportunity for them, and it’s the last time we’ll go to Upton Park and I think it will be a fantastic occasion down there.
“The lads who got their chance are doing very well and the boys here with me are also progressing, we’ve got a number of young players who are showing real promise.
“Kevin, Cameron and Brad cost the club nothing, and I think that is really important, likewise with Jordan Rossiter and Ryan Kent, if these players can make an impact in the first team, they could save us a lot of money.
“I’m keen to not rush them, I echo Jurgen’s comments on that, they’re young, so let them be young, let’s not criticise, let’s keep applauding and encouraging them, because we have a terrible mentality in this country to build some one up knock them down."
Certainly there are players who seem to be winning the trust of Klopp. Brannagan seems to be impressing a lot of the fans, Stewart - though he looks a little thin and not as imposing as one would imagine for a defensive midfielder, has acquitted himself well - while Brad Smith looks as if he may have solved a little headache at left-back as the club is not solely relying on Alberto Moreno to play that particular role.
A clue as to how many of the current fringe players will have a role to play in the future is what Klopp does with his first summer transfer window. It's obvious that he wants to keep his younger players in and around the club so he can develop players in a team environment, and one wonders how many will make that step up on a more regular basis.