Jurgen Klopp has discussed Liverpool’s youngsters, who did so well in the midweek EFL Cup victory over MK Dons.
17-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever scored, 18-year-old Curtis Jones won the Sky Sports Man of the Match award and 16-year-old Harvey Elliott trended on Twitter after hitting the bar twice.
Liverpool’s boss was delighted with what he saw, but has claimed there is no rush in getting the trio into the first-team.
Interestingly, Klopp indicated Elliott looks most ready, despite the fact he was the youngest player on the field v MK Dons and the second youngest ever in the club’s history.
“I think they are ready for more. We need to find the right moment,” Klopp told his pre-match presser ahead of tomorrow’s Sheffield United clash. “It was a really nice. For Harvey, he was the most obvious. We are not in doubt about these boys and we know what we want to do with them. The best thing is they have all the time.
“They have to be patient. When you let them off the leash they are ready for some really nice football games. We prepare them not for one PL game but a PL career. A few steps to go, no problem with that. Really nice signs on Wednesday, for sure.”
We won’t see any of the kids v Sheffield United tomorrow, although Rhian Brewster might get on the bench – but hopefully they’ll be involved in the 4th Round Tie with Arsenal…
It’s to be played at Anfield, and Unai Emery will surely rotate heavily as well, enabling the likes of Elliott a home debut.