Liverpool boss desperate to stick with young guns next season

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has vowed to keep his faith in his young squad ahead of a busy campaign next season, as reported by Sky Sports.

The Reds finished second behind Manchester City in the Premier League last season and will be back in the Champions League next season, adding many more games to their schedule.

Rodgers fielded a number of young players throughout the season and stars such as Raheem Sterling and John Flanagan were among the first names on the team sheet.

The former Swansea manager is keen to stick by those players next season despite having a big budget to use in order to prepare a squad for next season.

“I think it’s clear that we’re a football club that is about giving an opportunity to the youth players,” said Rodgers.

“I’m not sure there’s a younger squad of players that has qualified for the Champions League; I’m not sure there’s a younger group that will have finished second.

“It’s my first look – from within. Some of those boys have already sampled the first team. It’s really up to them; age is no barrier for me. If they’re good enough, they’ll be old enough.

“Raheem Sterling displaced full internationals at 17 years of age and has gone on to become a really top-class young player. Jon Flanagan is young. (Philippe) Coutinho we brought in as a 20-year-old.

“Jordon Ibe has played in the first team. So there is an opportunity there for them, but they have got to have the personality – which is key.”