Jurgen Klopp must give Conor Masterson a massive opportunity when Liverpool take on Everton this Saturday at Goodison Park in the Premier League.
The 19-year-old Irish-born centre-back was named on the bench for Wednesday night’s Champions League 3-0 quarter-final victory against Manchester City amidst an injury crisis that saw Joe Gomez and Joel Matip ruled out of action and unavailable.
It meant that the German supremo had only Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren at his disposal with the Reds now down to the bare bones in the heart of defence.
But while their position in the top four is all but mathematically secure, given their ten-point advantage over Chelsea in fifth, Klopp will not want to risk losing either of his most experienced centre-halves for the quarter-final second-leg.
And that will most likely mean that Masterson will and should step in for his debut in the senior side.
The Dublin native is yet to make a single appearance for the first-team but that is unlikely to deter the gung-ho manager who clearly has faith in the defender.
Making his debut in the Merseyside derby will be a real baptism of fire for the Liverpool trainee but a good gauge of his ability to handle big game atmospheres and the pressures of the Premier League.
Klopp has proved he is fearless when it comes to blooding youngsters and he will have no problem throwing in Masterson for this match.
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