Liverpool FC manager Brendan Rodgers has insisted that he will continue to promote youth in the first team.
Liverpool finished just two points behind Manchester City as they showed tremendous development as a team under Brendan Rodgers this season. While there is disappoint of missed out on the EPL title despite coming so close, there is nothing but positives to carry forward into the next season. They had thinnest squad among the title rivals and yet they managed to take the title race into the final day against a star studded Manchester City side. Liverpool also had one of the youngest sides in the Premier league and Brendan Rodgers has shown tremendous faith in the youngsters. The likes of Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho and John Flanagan had immense contribution in their success in the league and they seemed to have come of age.
Brendan Rodgers has insisted that the club will continue to promote youth and believes that “if they’re good enough, they’ll be good enough”.
“I think it’s clear that we’re a football club that is about giving an opportunity to the youth players.
“I’m not sure there’s a younger squad of players that has qualified for the Champions League; I’m not sure there’s a younger group that will have finished second.
“It’s my first look – from within. Some of those boys have already sampled the first team. It’s really up to them; age is no barrier for me. If they’re good enough, they’ll be old enough.
“Raheem Sterling displaced full internationals at 17 years of age and has gone on to become a really top-class young player. Jon Flanagan is young. (Philippe) Coutinho we brought in as a 20-year-old.
“Jordon Ibe has played in the first team. So there is an opportunity there for them, but they have got to have the personality – which is key.” – The Liverpool manager said in an interview.
Liverpool are expected to invest in their squad in the summer transfer market as they look to improve the depth. The Merseyside club will have to strengthen in order to prepare for a packed schedule with their involvement in the Champions League and already a host of players have been linked with them. If and when these big names arrive at Anfield, it will be interesting to see how Brendan Rodgers manages them and the youngsters in the squad.