James Milner explains how Liverpool youngsters have been what the side needed

Liverpool have seen experienced and younger players in their starting line-up as the club has endured a tough spell with injuries.

Liverpool vice-captain James Milner has said that the younger and inexperienced players given a good account of themselves in the FA Cup is just what the side needed.

The Reds have been struggling with injuries for much of the season and Jurgen Klopp felt the need to make wholesale changes to his sides in order to keep the more regular first team players fresh to compete in other competitions.

The likes of Kevin Stewart, Cameron Brannagan, Brad Smith, Tiago Ilori, Pedro Chirivella and Joao Carlos Teixeira have all caught the eye, and shown they can compete against Premier League opposition.

Milner told the official Liverpool site: "We've had a lot of injuries this year and you want those boys to come in and not just fill that spot for the time being but to push whoever's holding that shirt and be part of the squad, improve and become better players as well.

"We can help with that and ultimately they're the future of this club so the more games they get, the more experience and the more they can learn, it's obviously better for everyone."

Certainly competition for places in the side is much better for the team as a whole as it ought to drive up standards a little as players will want to improve on certain areas to either keep them in the side or move themselves up the pecking order. 

In some ways, it has revived careers of the likes of Ilori and Stewart who weren't getting any game time on loan while others have shown they could have a future at the club - as Milner alludes to.

With the squad likely to see some changes to it in the summer - as manager Jurgen Klopp will look to put his own mark on the team in terms of personnel - some may have given Klopp food for thought as to whether they could be any use for the side on a more regular basis next season, and as a result there may not be as many signings as some would think.

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