Liverpool starlets Jack Robinson and John Flanagan sent a huge message to manager Kenny Dalglish in the Reds' battling weekend draw at Arsenal.

The teenage pair, both full-backs, were in at the deep end against the Gunners at the Emirates, but passed their test with flying colours as Dirk Kuyt's injury-time penalty rescued a point.

Flanagan was involved from the outset for Liverpool, while Robinson came off the bench midway through the first period as defensive injuries start to add up for Dalglish.

However, the academy graduates proved that the future looks bright at Anfield, and in the process staked claims for regular first team involvement in the near future at Anfield.

"One thing I'd like to think I've got and what these two lads look like they have got already in abundance is character," said Reds veteran Jamie Carragher after the match.

"To play for Liverpool you need that no matter how good a player you are because you have ups and downs. There's been a great togetherness that has come in since Kenny got the job."


Referring specifically to Robinson, Carragher was impressed by the Liverpool youngsters ability to stop England international Theo Walcott, and believes it was a performance he would have been proud of himself.

"How Jack played was unbelievable. Coming on against Theo Walcott — I wouldn't like that job myself," said the 33-year-old.

"The two full-backs put their foot in, they are brave and they have a go. The way they played is testament to the work people down at the academy have done and also credit the manager for giving them a chance."

With attackers Raheem Sterling and Suso also climbing the ranks at Anfield, a plethora of young talent could be coming through the Liverpool first team door in the coming seasons.

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