By Emma Sanders
Jurgen Klopp has handed debuts to a number a youngsters this season, including Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria but there are a number who have yet to be given an opportunity.
Football Insider takes a look at three youngsters who have been overlooked by Klopp so far and could be the next to be handed a first-team opportunity.
The under-23s captain has simply been sensational this season. He’s already bagged five goals and three assists in nine Premier League 2 appearances as an attacking midfielder and a winger and has led his team to third position in the Premier League 2 table. Wilson is one of the most exciting academy prospects and fans are already urging Klopp to hand him a senior call-up. He became Wales’ youngest ever player when he made his first team debut in a World Cup qualifier against Belgium in October 2013 aged just 16.
Given Klopp’s lack of defensive options, it’s surprising there have not been any youngsters step-up to try to claim the left-back spot and Maguire is one who could. The defender is has been with the academy since the age of nine and has been a regular through all the youth age groups – now with the under-23s. Maguire has a great delivery and is experienced in the left-back role. Klopp appears to be counting on the return of Joe Gomez but Maguire has potential for the future.
It’s easy to understand why Klopp has not handed an opportunity to Brewster given the vast amount of attacking quality already in the squad but the 18-year-old is a hugely exciting talent. Brewster is a regular youth international for England and he has been a constant goal threat throughout his academy development as a striker.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp delivered an injury update on this midfielder who is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines.