Ryan Kent comments on the importance of pre-season for Liverpool's younger players

Ryan Kent scores the second goal for Liverpool

Kent has been one of the younger players who have featured during pre-season.

Ryan Kent scores the second goal for Liverpool

Liverpool youngster Ryan Kent has expressed the importance of pre-season for the Reds' younger players as they get their fair share of exposure ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

Kent featured in yesterday's 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic, setting up Ben Woodburn for his strike against the Latics as the younger players look to impress manager Jurgen Klopp.

He told the official Liverpool website: “It's not just a friendly game for us young players. This is our chance to impress the manager and the fans and take everything from it.

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn celebrates scoring their second goal

“We are all pushing each other along and thriving off each other's success and working every day to get better.

“The manager is showing a lot of faith in us and it's down to us to prove him right and prove the fans right that he can put his trust in the young players.”

A fair few younger players are getting their opportunity to shine including Kent and Woodburn, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria also featuring prominently in their first few games.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Towards the end of last season Klopp showed that he was prepared to give some of his younger and more inexperienced players a chance to impress for the first team.

Kent was among those who made their first appearance for the first team last season while Cameron Brannagan, Sheyi Ojo, Kevin Stewart, Tiago Iori and Pedro Chirivella among others were all given opportunities under the German.

The lack of European football in the season ahead could mean that their first-team chances are limited once the season gets underway. Younger players will be desperate to impress so they get their opportunities for the first-team, although some may have to make do with a loan deal if the right club for the player comes along. 

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

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