There are a lot of intriguing prospects in and around the Liverpool first-team right now. Many of them are defenders, with the likes of Joe Gomez and Joe Maguire holding their own on our pre-season tour of the Far East.
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In the list below, we profile five young Reds’ who will be hoping to make their mark this coming season and discuss where and when they might get an opportunity to prove themselves.
5) Daniel Cleary
The centre-back was a surprise inclusion on this summer’s tour, after impressing with the reserves last season. The 19-year-old will no doubt be an integral part of the Under-21 side next season, but might be hoping for a couple of cup games as well. He’s a Republic of Ireland youth team international and is described on our official website as a gifted ball player. He plays the possession football Rodgers likes and is certainly one to watch.
4) Joe Maguire
The left-back has featured in both our pre-season games thus far, starting against the Thai All-Stars and coming on as a substitute against Brisbane Roar. His presence on the trip could mark the end of Jose Enrique’s time at Liverpool, although there has been no news yet on his future. Maguire will provide back-up for Alberto Moreno and Joe Gomez in the absence of the injured Jon Flanagan, and will also feature for the Under-21 side.