Brendan Rodgers to give Liverpool starlet Suso a chance to impress
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says highly-rated Spain starlet Suso could get the chance to impress over the coming weeks
Brendan Rodgers has promised Liverpool’s highly-rated Suso will get a chance to impress amid the club’s current striker crisis.
The 39-year-old failed to bring in a replacement for Andy Carroll after the England international completed a season-long loan move to West Ham United on transfer deadline day.
It leaves Rodgers with Fabio Borini and Luis Suárez as his only recognised strikers, and the Northern Irishman hinted Suso, 18, could be handed a starting spot in the coming weeks.
“There might need to be an intermediary way of working now,” Rodgers said.
“Boys like Suso will get their opportunity. The percentage under 21s playing in the Premier League is statistically very, very small.
“We are going to be stretched the limit and [we’ll be telling them] ‘if you’ve got little niggles and injuries you’ve got to man up.’ We’ve got to be together and be strong.
“This [situation] will allow guys to stand up to the plate. You get an opportunity but you have got to take it.”
Rodgers is relishing the chance to have a look at the club’s youngsters during the international break, with veteran Jamie Carragher acting as a mentor at Melwood.
“There are only four players left here, but there is always a positive angle from it and it gives me a really good chance to look at our young players,” he continued.
“I’ve tried to get around the youth team players, the reserve team players, and look at the level we have.
“First and foremost it’s a chance for me to see the players working and see their improvements, and try to help and guide them.
“They are trying to make steps up towards the first team and this gives them an opportunity to learn, and not just from the coaches.
“They come up here and train with Jamie Carragher, a guy who is in his 18th year as a professional. The biggest thing they will get from the session is the attitude of Jamie Carragher – absolutely incredible.
“Young players at 18 or 19, to see a guy who has been doing this work nearly as long as they’ve been alive, and showing the same enthusiasm and commitment to want to learn and improve, is great for them.”