Liverpool have the youngest average age for any side so far this Premier League season and Brendan Rodgers believes his emerging stars are destined for great things.
The Reds manager was responding to statistics indicating that the Anfield team’s average age after the first six games of the season is only 23.38 years, marginally beating Arsenal into second place on 23.73 years.
Despite a disappointing start to the season, Liverpool only got their first win last weekend in the 5-2 mauling of Norwich City, there have been encouraging signs from the likes of Suso, Andre Wisdom and, especially so, 17-year-old winger Raheem Sterling.
The Northern Irishman believes that the team will develop into a potent force with the variety of senior stars and new blood they currently possess, but only if the new comes show the requisite application.
“I see it as a team - and a team that will grow. It's been great to see the young players come through,” he says on Liverpool’s official website.
“There's a good balance and mix to the team at the moment. We've got some outstanding senior players and it's always exciting when you see young players come through.
“The young guys that have come in have done very well, but they've got a lot of hard work ahead and hopefully they'll continue to work, keep their concentration and focus, and it will be great to see them develop.”
One or two more youngsters are expected to get another chance to impress when Serie A side Udinese visit Anfield on Thursday for the Merseysiders latest Europa League group stage tie.