Liverpool’s U23s captain Harry Wilson has described the positive impact that the club’s senior players have had on the Reds youngsters.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, he said: “It was a bit weird first game leading out them senior players but I’ve done it a few times now so it’s becoming second nature.”
“They’ve been a massive help, playing with that quality week in week out is going to benefit us all.”
“When you’re playing with those individuals it makes you play that bit better because you want to impress them and make sure you deserved to be on the same pitch as the likes of Ings, Sakho and Kev (Stewart).”
Striker Danny Ings, in particular, has impressed in the U23s side this season as he continues to fight for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s first team.
Ings missed much of last year through injury but has been a key figure under manager Michael Beale. He has performed admirably in a situation where many players, as experienced as him, would refuse to put the effort in.
He lined up alongside the likes of Mamadou Sakho and Kevin Stewart on Tuesday as Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.
All three have given the youngsters around them the chance to train with first team quality which will go a long way towards helping them develop.
Marko Grujic is another first team player who has also featured for Liverpool’s second string side as he looks to ease his way into English football.
There is a solid setup at the club right now in terms of strength in depth all the way through to the youth sides.
Hopefully, this increases the chance of Harry Wilson and his teammates breaking into the first team in the future.