Exclusive: Robinson makes first-team claim about some 'brilliant' Liverpool starlets
Paul Robinson says that he expects a number of young Liverpool players feature in the club’s FA Cup clash against Chelsea after beating Shrewsbury on Tuesday night.
The former Tottenham and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the Reds’ starlets have put themselves in with a chance of taking on the club’s Premier League rivals in the next round.
Liverpool saw off their League One opposition without manager Jurgen Klopp or any of his first-team talents, with Ro-Shaun Williams’ goal the decider at Anfield.
With the likes of third-choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher and other youngsters stepping up to the plate on Merseyside, Robinson makes the exciting claim that more senior action could be just around the corner.
“For the kids it was brilliant. I’m still surprised Jurgen Klopp wasn’t there, no matter what team Liverpool put out I still think the manager should be there,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“If you’re one of the young kids you’d be disappointed the manager wasn’t there but what an opportunity to go and play in front of a packed house at Anfield, to get a taste of first-team football and the youngsters have given themselves a real opportunity to play at Chelsea in the next round.
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“We’ve seen Klopp’s squad rotation – or, the rotation of the whole squad – you don’t know what he’s going to do and I think certain young kids have got a real chance to play at Chelsea.”
The average age of Liverpool’s starting XI on Tuesday was 19-years-old and 102 days, the youngest line up ever in the club’s history.
The Reds’ next game sees top take on bottom as they travel to basement club Norwich City in just over a week’s time.
In other Liverpool news, it can be REVEALED Rangers submitted two bids for a Reds starlet in January.