Jurgen Klopp can use the World Cup break to assess six Liverpool youngsters looking to break into the starting eleven. The Reds will have seven players at the tournament in Qatar while the likes of Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz remain out with injuries, opening the door for the club’s academy players to spend more time with the head coach during the Premier League hiatus.
Liverpool will play friendlies against Lyon and AC Milan before their next competitive match against Manchester City in the League Cup on December 22nd, with the matches posing the perfect opportunity for the club’s youngsters. Here Express Sport has taken a look at six players who may seek to take advantage of the increased exposure to make a play for the first team.
Bajcetic has been in and around the first team on multiple occasions so far this season, making four appearances from the bench before making his first start against Derby in the EFL Cup. The defensive midfielder impressed during the game and stepped up to take a penalty during the shootout showing the confidence he already has. He will be hoping to make an impression on Klopp during the international break as he looks to stake a claim for the line-up.
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Doak is considered by some within the Liverpool academy to be the club’s best young talent after his excellent form since his summer arrival from Celtic. He recently signed his first professional contract and impressed Klopp during his late appearance from the bench in the win over Derby.
The Scotsman has scored eight times for the youth teams in 15 appearances including a stunning solo goal against his boyhood rivals Rangers, suggesting he could be someone for the big occasion.
Clark is another to have found themselves in and around the first team this season making two appearances from the bench. Hopes are high that the 17-year-old can be a success at Anfield and already has the acclaim of Klopp, who held face-to-face talks with him while the Reds were trying to convince him to join the side from Newcastle.
The midfielder, who is the son of former Magpies hero Lee, will look to build on the relationship that he already has with his manager during the break.
Cain is someone who is slightly further away from the first-team picture with the midfielder yet to make an appearance for the senior side. He will look to address this during the Premier League hiatus after being a regular for the youth team and spending last season on loan at League 2 Newport County.
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Musialowski has already picked up the cliched nickname of the Polish Messi, made in reference to his dribbling ability. Being compared to the Argentine superstar often puts more pressure on young players to perform and those often end up failing to meet their potential. The 19-year-old winger will hope to avoid falling into this fate as he looks to make his first competitive appearance.
Koumas is tactically very flexible, making appearances in midfield and upfront during his career in the Reds’ academy. He has been in prolific form for the under-18s so far this season scoring seven goals in six games as he looks to earn a promotion. He will make a push for a place in the first team with so many of Liverpool’s more established stars unavailable over the World Cup.