Teenage Liverpool duo deserve first-team chance – ex-star

Liverpool hero John Barnes hopes that Brendan Rodgers will give youngsters Jordan Rossiter and Pedro Chirivella game time during tonight’s Europa League clash with FC Sion.

The Reds left Bordeaux with a draw from their opening game of this year’s competition, with their Northern Irish manager having rotated his XI to give fringe players and youngsters a taste of first-team action.

18-year-old Rossiter started in France and was swiftly joined by Spaniard Chirivella, also 18, who came on for the injured Kolo Toure after 28 minutes.

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Despite their lack of experience, the pair looked composed in the centre of midfield, building on their reputations as two of the best emerging players at Anfield, and TitanBet brand ambassador Barnes is hopeful that they’ll get another chance against Sion:

“Yes [I think they should be given a chance].

“The Merseyside derby will requite the strongest side and these players are good enough to be looked at.

“I think the Europa League is somewhere he [Rodgers] can have a look at them. This is the group stage, so why not?”

In terms of advancing from Group B, a win against Sion is a result the club need as they head into a tricky double-header with Russian side Rubin Kazan.

However, Barnes doesn’t see the competition as a priority for Rodgers this season, although he does expect the club’s increased strength and depth to allow the manager to field strong XIs:

“The top four is much more important.” He said. “The squad is strong enough now to challenge on more fronts than it was last year.”

“We have the Merseyside derby coming up this weekend, nevertheless I do expect a fairly strong side.”

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