John Aldridge assesses the performance of Liverpool's young players from weekend win

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Liverpool won at the weekend against Bournemouth with an unfamiliar looking side.

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has said he was pleased with the performance of a much-changed Liverpool side at Bournemouth, where the Reds were 2-1 winners at the weekend.

Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes from the starting XI from the remarkable 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League, which saw some players make their Premier League debuts.

Connor Randall and Brad Smith had their first league starts in the full-back positions while Danny Ward was given his Reds debut in goal.

Jordon Ibe and Sheyi Ojo occupied the flanks while Kevin Stewart was also given another opportunity to impress, with more experienced first-team players in Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, Kolo Toure, Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva completing the line-up.

Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "I was really pleased to see Jordon Ibe perform well. He’s had a difficult season with one thing or another, but he’s a young lad with so much promise. I rate him.

"I rate Sheyi Ojo too. He’s a player, this lad. Connor Randall and Brad Smith did well at full back, Kevin Stewart was fine in midfield, and Danny Ward had a very encouraging debut in goal.

"I like Ward, he’s a good ‘keeper. He showed that earlier in the season against Aberdeen, and he was very composed on his Liverpool bow.

"I’d have no problem sticking him in again before the end of the season. It won’t do him or the team any harm."

Ibe certainly put in a good shift as he was involved in both of Liverpool's goals, while Ojo again showed glimpses as to why Reds' fans can be excited about what else the 18-year-old has to offer going forward.

One interesting comment is that Aldridge will be prepared to see Ward in goal again between now and the end of the season, and he could get a couple of other opportunities given the run-in the Reds have, and that there will be a lot of focus on the Europa League semi-final with Villarreal.

Opportunities may arise against the likes of Newcastle United and Swansea City as Klopp may look to keep Simon Mignolet fresh for the games that will make or break the Reds' season, and he will get an opportunity to see if Ward is good enough to put pressure on the Belgian for a regular starting place. 

Tomorrow's Merseyside derby might see a return to the stronger XI, but one or two players could get their chance again when they face Newcastle United at Anfield on Saturday.

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