John Aldridge assesses Liverpool youngsters' pre-season performance; picks out three players

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn

Aldridge has been pretty excited about the younger talent on display for the Reds.

Liverpool's Trent Alexander Arnold

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has been encouraged about the younger players that have featured for the club during their pre-season preparations. 

Aldridge went as far to say as one of the youngsters looks the 'real deal' as pre-season has seen Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria adding to the list of younger players getting opportunities to play with the more regular first-team group.

The ex-forward wrote in his Liverpool Echo column: "They’ve been tremendous, and a major positive for Jurgen Klopp to take.

"I love what I’ve seen of Trent Alexander-Arnold, he looks the real deal. He’s a local lad with huge potential.

Chelsea's Ola Aina (2nd R) in action with Liverpool's Ovie Ejaria (R)

"Ben Woodburn made his U18s debut at 15, so he’s obviously got something special about him. And the ability of Ovie Ejaria on the ball is top drawer.

"That’s three potentially excellent young players, with more waiting in the wings."

It is always easy to get carried away about the talent that younger players have but there has been some genuine excitement generated about the emergence of a couple of the players. 

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn celebrates scoring their second goal

Woodburn performed well in pre-season friendlies against Fleetwood Town and Wigan Athletic. Although they may not be the strongest of opponents, the teenager stole the show on both occasions with his performances. 

Ejaria was many people's man of the match against Chelsea on the pre-season tour of the United States while Alexander-Arnold has demonstrated some consistency and confidence in his game - along with versatility - that could easily see him act as cover for several first-team players.

It will be interesting to see in the years to come just how many players from the academy will feature in the Reds' first-team under Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

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