Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed that two untested teenagers are currently training with the first team ahead of the busy Christmas period.
The Reds boss has to cope with four games in just 11 day from December 21st to January 1st, with matches against Manchester City and Chelsea sandwiched in between meetings with Cardiff and Hull.
And, with injuries taking their toll at Anfield, the Northern Irishman has been forced to call-up some of the club's promising youngsters.
Rodgers isn't too worried however, hailing Jordan Rossiter (16) and Brad Smith (19) as 'outstanding' talents currently learning their trade in the Liverpool academy.
“We’ve had Jordan and Brad training with us, two outstanding young players. Brad has been out for a long time with an injury but he’s got a lot of the attributes to play for Liverpool. He’s super quick, gets high up the pitch naturally and wants to attack but can defend as well," said Rodgers earlier today, according to The Daily Telegraph.
“Jordan’s got the tools to be a Liverpool player. I looked at him in training on Friday playing with first-team players and I thought ‘there’s a boy who you can take to Stamford Bridge and he’ll fight and pass and put his foot in’. It’s something I’ll look closely at.”
The Reds have recently been reaping the rewards from Melwood graduates, with Jon Flanagan recently making his first-team mark against Spurs.
And, whilst Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe were purchased at a young age, they've benefited from some time in the Liverpool youth system before stepping-up to senior involvement.
Rossiter and Smith could be the next in a long line of teenagers to make the step-up on Merseyside, and clearly Rodgers believes they are capable of making a mark on the big stage.