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Pre-season is a perfect time for youngsters to impress in normal circumstances, but Liverpool’s current crop of budding talent will have an even better chance than usual this summer.
The international commitments of stars such as Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker mean that they will get an extended holiday, whilst those who competed in the UEFA Nations League also get to return later – that includes Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Despite not participating in such international commitments, Andy Robertson is also behind schedule as he recovers from a hamstring injury suffered whilst playing for Scotland.
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Second choice left-back Alberto Moreno has been released after his contract expired, so young Adam Lewis has the spot to himself this summer and Jurgen Klopp will certainly be looking at what he can do.
The 19-year-old signed a new contract with the Reds back in February, and Klopp is definitely aware of the teenager’s talents having included him on the warm-weather training camp in Marbella towards the end of the 2018/19 season.
The 5 foot 7 full-back seems to have a golden opportunity to show the former Borussia Dortmund manager that he can replace Moreno as Robertson’s understudy, as the European champions don’t seem likely to sign a new left-back this summer – The Liverpool Echo reports that Klopp sees James Milner and Joe Gomez as capable back-ups if needs be.
In that respect, if Lewis can catch the eye whilst with the first-team in pre-season, there is the very realistic prospect that he can become fully integrated in the senior set-up at Anfield as Klopp’s second choice left-back.
With Moreno gone, Robertson currently injured, and no pressing transfer plans to bring in any new faces, this may be the best opportunity that Lewis will get to move up the ranks.