Jerome Sinclair admits it was a dream to make his Premier League debut for Liverpool against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and believes there is a 'bright future' ahead for his side.
Sinclair signed for the Reds aged just 14 from West Bromwich Albion and has always been seen as a player who will become a key player at the club.
He made his debut for the first-team against his former side in the League Cup over two years ago and after impressing for the club's academy and for Wigan Athletic on loan, at the back-end of this season, was called up to Rodgers' squad to face the champions.
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Sinclair replaced Rickie Lambert on the 68th minute to make his debut Premier League appearance and played a few neat touches during his time on the Stamford Bridge field.
After the game the the youngster reiterated what a superb moment it was for him to feature in his first top-flight game and feels there is plenty of promise within the Liverpool side.
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"It's an absolute dream come true," the 18-year-old told Liverpoolfc.com
"As a young kid, you dream and think about that moment your whole life.
"So for me to make that Premier League debut, it was a really great moment.
"The manager told me to go out and work hard. So I just got out there and tried to make sure I put all my effort in, tried to be good and simple when I got on the ball and just tried to give a good impression of myself.
"We've got an array of young talent at Liverpool. So for me to get the chance to play today was really good. I know there's a lot more young players coming through and they're all going to be good enough to play for Liverpool, so the future is really bright.
"You can see that with the philosophy that the manager has - if young players are showing that they have talent, then he's willing to put them in and give him a go, which is rare for a big club such as Liverpool.
"All the young players at Liverpool know that we really do have a chance."
The current Liverpool squad is embedded with young talent and there is plenty of promise for the side.
Raheem Sterling has been the figurehead of Red attacks this term and his ability has ensured virtually of all of Europe's top clubs are ready to fight for his signature. The likes of Jordan Ibe, Emre Can and Philippe Coutinho have also been impressive and it is the latter who is the oldest of all three at just 22.
Steven Gerrard will depart his boyhood club at the end of the campaign and that will leave Liverpool with little senior players to choose from. There is only Martin Skrtel who is a regular above the age of 30, with Simon Mignolet and Jordan Henderson next best at 27 and 24.
Next campaign, we will see a Liverpool team who's average age will be severely lower than the rest of its rivals. It's likely that Sinclair will be given many more opportunities in the first-team after impressing playing youth football and in the Championship.
Liverpool's 1-1 draw against Chelsea all but buried their chances of a top-four finish and as a result they will likely compete in next season's Europa League. Thursday and Sunday football is something that no player wants to compete in, especially playing away in the sticks of eastern Europe.
In the competition Rodgers will likely use his younger players more and more. In the U21s, Harry Wilson, Jordan Rossiter and Connor Randall have all impressed, as well as Sheyi Ojo, who too had a successful stint at Wigan.
Rodgers will be keen to secure a top-four finish next campaign and will want his key players kept fresh for the Premier League. Especially in the earlier rounds, the Northern Irishman could place fate in his younger, less established players.
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