Liverpool‘s Conor Coady has praised new boss Brendan Rodgers for giving Anfield’s youth stars a chance in the first team this season.

Rodgers has shown faith in the club’s youngsters since his arrival in the summer and has handed several of them first team debuts.

And Coady, who made his Liverpool debut against Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League last week, has used right-back Andre Wisdom as the perfect example of what the Academy players can achieve if given the chance.

He told Liverpool’s official website: “Seeing the likes of him [Andre Wisdom] and Raheem [Sterling] in the first team drives everyone here at the Academy on.

“It makes the lads think ‘I want to get my chance now’ and when they look at players like that, it gives them great motivation.

The 19-year-old midfielder also explained that the manager’s willingness to give first team opportunities to players in the youth ranks has made them work harder in training and has given them more belief in themselves.

“All the boys here now feel that if they keep their heads down and work hard, then their chance may come, so it is fantastic that the manager is giving the younger lads opportunities,” he continued.

“You have to have a manager of the first team who is willing to put the confidence in you and take a risk to put you in.

“But all the boys coming through have fantastic ability and that is due to the coaches at the Academy and what they do here.”

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