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What do the new/future signings mean for Liverpool's youngsters?


I think it can be said that the impact of the youngsters that Brendan Rodgers had a significant impact on our season. Raheem Sterling was a very good player for us in the first half of the season before his injury and Jonjo Shelvey was superb in the Europa League campaign. We also saw the likes of Andre Wisdom and Suso be included in the team infrequently but with the new signings that have arrived what does this mean for the next generation of Liverpool players. With Iago Aspas and Kolo Toure already in and with the likes of Henrikh Mkhitayran and Luis Alberto likely to join them. This would create a lot of competition for places in the attacking areas which would leave Sterling, Shevley and Suso down the peaking order come the start of the season. As well as these signings, at least one new defender is set to join the reds in the coming months and Martin Kelly returning from injury this could move Wisdom out of the picture. So my question to you is do we keep these young players in the reserves so that we have some players with first team experience, so more than others, to call upon when needed or do we loan them out to help them build experience?

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IanRush · Liverpool fan

@Jonevarro Yeah nice one, have a little laugh you fetid pool of sh1te. Disgraceful human being you are.

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Edward_Eastaway · Celtic fan

Sterling, Suso and Wisdom need a good loan spell at a PL club. Kelly needs an injury free season to push for a starting place

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lucas21 · Liverpool fan

@owonefi7 agree with all that. We need to first worry about now, and then worry about the futures of our youngsters, while keeping in mind what's best for them.

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owonefi7 · Man Utd fan

I think it means they can develop at a more constructive rate, without being chucked in at the deep end and subjected to massive expectations, personally, I think Shelvey will leave, either on loan or permanently this summer. Sterling will be more of a squad player. Likewise with Suso, who I'd love to see in a '10' position, not on the wing, he's too good for the youth leagues so a loan, maybe to a decent passing side like Watford/ wigan wouldn't be the worst idea. As managers like to keep the same defence, I'd presume Wisdom will be loaned 2nd half of the season, injuries permitting, the players have the quality to play for LFC, but their time will come, until coutinho and Sturridge arrived in January, Liverpool struggled for goals from sources other than Suarez, new signings and experience can only be beneficial

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lucas21 · Liverpool fan

@releasethekraken well to be fair coutihno is a youngster but he certainly made an impact, I can see Alberto doing the same(very excited about him). And llori doesn't seem to be our main target, but a more certain target, it seems he's a done deal besides fee, I think the papa link is huge for us, wether its true or not cause he'd make an enormous difference.

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releasethekraken · Liverpool fan

I can see sterling getting some game time, probably the odd start and he'll be a good bench option. wisdom and kelly will be good options but their contribution will depend on who we sign in defence - i hope they both get a lot of game time. but i don't think suso will get much time at all since we're signing alberto and aspas and probably some more attacking players too. not to mention other players who could potentially emerge next season. i must admit, looking at the players we're linked with i'm a bit worried we're just looking at signing young players who won't be able to make a huge immediate impact in the first team (alberto, ilori and co). we already have enough youngsters IMO. and anyway, we need top players who can come straight into the first XI, like mkhitaryan, wanyama and papadopoulos. those sorts of signings, at the moment it looks like we're signing quantity over quality. so that is a worry at this stage but we'll see how things develop.

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lucas21 · Liverpool fan

Mind you that Alberto, coutihno are still youngsters, and papa and other links are as well.

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lucas21 · Liverpool fan

If we get Europe this year, the younger lads will be important the next year, and I'm assuming the kids will get their chance in the COC or the FA cup.

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slufsar · Liverpool fan

Said in a discussion about Chelseas talents earlier, that giving young players a chance is not about ideology, but purely about not having the economy to buy better players constantly. This is why so many Dortmund have developed into first teamers, the club were in an awful economical state just a few years ago. Now, that is improved, the current youngster will have a much harder time breaking through. The 2 year loan deal of Moritz Leitner to Stuttgart shows just that. It will be similar with Liverpool. Now that we are in the state that we can build a squad of established players, we wont play the youngsters as much. Similar with Chelsea - they wont ever give their younger players a far chance as they have the money to buy the best players on the market anyway.

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AFC_Harry34 · Arsenal fan

They can still be used as impact players from the bench

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Medium · Bolton Wanderers fan

Henderson's shot stopping is up there with the best.

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Jonevarro · Chelsea fan

@IanRush hahahaahahahaha the fact you're even questioning it is comical. Courtois the keeper who received the award for being the best goal keeper in La Liga compared to Henderson... HAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAA

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IanRush · Liverpool fan

@Jonevarro In your opinion. Sat in your Norwich armchair.

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Baldersmith · Liverpool fan

@Jonevarro I'm not so sure about Courtois being better than Henderson. Henderson's shot stopping is up there with the best.

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Jonevarro · Chelsea fan

@IanRush De Bruyne, Courtois, Lukaku are all eligible for U21 and are all streaks ahead of Henderson

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Jonevarro · Chelsea fan

@MB_Ktubes if you're classifying Phil Jones and Danny Welbeck and those lot as U21 players then we have Oscar and Hazard who technically can play U21, we also played Ake and Piazon, we develop our youngsters on loan, it doesn't matter if they're not English the original point is being an U21.

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IanRush · Liverpool fan

"a lot of very good U21 players who are better than the likes of Henderson". Oh.

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MB_Ktubes · Liverpool fan

@Jonevarro... No you spend money which means they do not feature. United fielding three players that were eligible and were often starters in Phil Jones, Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverly. Arsenal played Oxlade Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere is still eligible. I've mentioned Liverpool. Spurs played Holtby and Caulker. It's funny that the top richest clubs didn't field any U21 internationals isn't it? It's because you don't give them a chance and they won't get a chance this season either. Look who has left who was an U21 in the last few years. Michael Mancienne was U21 captain, Nemenja Matic was young when he was let go, Scott Sinclair had success at Swansea and could have carried that on if he hadn't have left, Bruma is going to leave this year.

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Jonevarro · Chelsea fan

@MB_Ktubes it's easier to play U21 players when you're not challenging as high up in the table, also we have a lot of very good U21 players who are better than the likes of Henderson but they're out on loan to get better because we have better players in their position, Liverpool don't have as good players hence why you can play them...

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MB_Ktubes · Liverpool fan

@Jonevarro... because we don't bring in massive amounts of foreign players to replace them. I'm confident that Henderson will still be a starter and Sterling will feature too. I couldn't say the same for McEheran, Chalobah and others.

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