With Brendan Rodgers clearly looking to add to his squad, you wonder what the season holds in store for Liverpool’s latest crop of young talent.
The likes of Suso, Adam Morgan, Jonjo Shelvey and Raheem Sterling all impressed in pre season, whilst Spanish forward Daniel Pacheco has been recalled from loan.
Rodgers has clearly stated his desire to bring in more new faces, and none of the youngsters who impressed in pre season other than Shelvey made it into the squad for the opening day of the season. If none of these players are likely to feature in Brendan Rodgers first team plans than surely it would be better for the Northern Irishman to explore the loan option that has proved successful for a number of other young players?
Manchester United did it by sending Tom Cleverly to Wigan, whilst Bolton aided the development of Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere and and Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge, players who are now all seen as key members of their respective clubs first teams.
Suso and Sterling in particular caught the eye during Liverpool’s pre season matches. Suso’s classy displays in the centre of the park caught the eye, whilst Sterlings pace and eye for goal was evident, particularly during Liverpool’s final pre season game against Bayern Leverkusen when the former QPR youth team player opened the scoring with a sublime run and finish.
It is my opinion that Sterling would offer a better alternative to Stewart Downing at the moment, but this does not seem likely given the fact the 17-year-old did not make the squad for the opening day defeat to West Brom. It would surely be more beneficial to give him the opportunity to experience regular Premier League football at the likes of a Wigan or a Swansea in order to further aid his development, rather than let him feature for 20 minutes here and there in Europa League ties in Kazhakstan and Andorra.
Daniel Pacheco is another one in something of a predicament. The Spaniard has been called back from a loan spell at Rayo Vallecano, but only featured for 45 minutes of Liverpool’s pre season. Signed by Rafael Benitez from Barcelona in 2007 the youngster has impressed in his brief cameos but never been given any sort of run in the side. Surely a Premier League side could give Pacheco the opportunity to show what he could do for a season?
It is no secret that Liverpool do not have the finances available this summer to go out and get their top transfer targets, having already been priced out of moves for Glyfi Sigurdsson and Gaston Ramirez. With that being the case, maybe it is time to introduce the likes of Suso and Sterling into the first team and see how they get on.
It is my feeling that experience of Premier League football is vital for these players at this stage of their development, whether it be in the Liverpool side or out on loan. Suso and Sterling would surely fair no worse than Henderson and Downing did during their debut seasons for Liverpool?
Rodgers is likely to use several youngsters in tonight’s Europa League match against Hearts. You wonder if an impressive display tonight from the likes of Suso and Sterling could be the first step to becoming first team regulars at Anfield.