Jürgen Klopp may have just given Liverpool supporters a teasing glimpse regarding his squad plans for the Champions League game against FC Midtjylland next Wednesday.
A possible taste of the manager’s blueprints for the trip to Denmark came about during the clash between Liverpool’s under-18 team and Manchester United in Carrington.
It was a real quality game and a total chaos at times. It twirled in all directions, but in the end it was United who won trump and took the victory.
Two goals from in-form Layton Stewart wasn’t enough for Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, who fought from start to finish and can be proud of their efforts at the Aon Training Center.
Tyler Moreton was also on the scoring sheet for the young Reds when Liverpool was eventually reversed by two late goals from United’s Joe Hugill, securing a 4-3 win for the hosts.
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Particularly striking was Billy Koumetio’s involvement with the 18-year-old defender who played the first 45 minutes before being substituted in a pre-arranged substitution at half time.
This can certainly be interpreted as a hint as to the center-back’s potential involvement for the senior squad in their last game of Group D.
Liverpool is played at home in terms of qualification. Their fate is sealed as group winners and no result in Denmark can change that.
The arguments for Stewart to have some form of involvement for the first team are getting stronger every day.
The 18-year-old striker now has 13 goals for the U18s this season. Considering that players like Paul Glatzel and Joe Hardy are currently injured, Stewart is arguably the club’s best offensive threat and certainly deserves a Champions Leagye debut on Tuesday.
The fact that Liverpool’s under-23 team were not in action today means that most of Barry Lewtas’ squad will be well-rested in case they are called up against Midtjylland.
From the perspective of the U18, the young Reds have certainly shown why so many talented players are on the cusp of the first team.
The midfield three of Dominic Corness, Tyler Morton and James Balagizi also deserve to join in with a shout. They were brilliant all around.
Liverpool U18s are in action the following Saturday at Middlesbrough, 13:00 GMT.
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