By Harry Sykes
Jurgen Klopp has predicted big things for Liverpool rising stars Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez as he hailed them as “so exciting I cannot believe”.
Alexander-Arnold, 18, and Gomez, 20, have shared right-back duties this season in the absence of the injured England international Nathaniel Clyne.
Critics have questioned why manager Klopp has rotated the youthful pair at the expense of the continuity often needed for a solid defence.
Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo: “In an ideal world we have 11 players play the whole season and never make a substitution but it is not an ideal world. We have to make the best of all situations and that is what we try.
“We cannot play Joe six or seven games in a row as he had a bad injury and is still a young boy. He’s still developing.
“Trent is not ready to play three or four games in a row – he should not be and that is absolutely okay.
“Joe and Trent, these boys are our boys. They are so exciting I cannot believe and the only opportunity for us to make their development more difficult is to bring a shadow of doubt on them and ask: ‘Are they really ready?’ We can play them all.
“We all have to learn and then at one point everything will be good if we really let them develop. I am cool enough for this.”
Gomez started the midweek 2-2 Champions League draw against Sevilla, which once again demonstrated the defensive fallibilities of Liverpool after Alexander-Arnold had been in the team that were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City last weekend.
Klopp has huge hopes for the pair, with Alexander-Arnold starting four of the team’s matches this season and Gomez the other three.
In other Liverpool transfer news, personal terms have been agreed as the Merseysiders finalise the signing of a big-name ace in January.