Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Cameron Brannagan has found another position after he starred during the club's 2-0 victory against Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.
Brannagan, 20, usually stars in the middle of the park for the Reds but was handed his chance to shine on the wing against the Hornets. Indeed, with 12 minutes remaining on Merseyside, Brannagan took to the wing after replacing the impressive Sheyi Ojo.
And Klopp has admitted that he initially apologised to Brannagan for putting him on in an unfamiliar position. After his short stint on the wing, however, the revered German coach told the youngster to 'forget it' as he could play out wide.
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Klopp made as many as eight changes ahead of the home game against Watford and the experienced coach hailed a number of his young players following the game.
Speaking after the contest, as per the club's official site, the Liverpool boss stated: "We had to give them the opportunity and they took it. They took the chance. Ojo, everybody saw already what a wonderful player he is. Connor Randall only a few minutes. Cameron Brannagan, I told him when he came in ‘It’s not your position, sorry’. But after the game I had to say ‘Forget it, you can play this position too’.
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"It was really good. Kevin Stewart worked so hard in a central position. We did everything, everything was better. The grass was a little bit shorter and a little bit wetter. But with this weather, after half an hour of the first half and 60 minutes in the second half, again it’s dry.
"It makes playing football a little bit more difficult. You saw this. [There were] one or two really good saves by Simon, but not too many problems in the game. So a deserved win on a nice, sunny afternoon – good."
Top six finish
Liverpool, then, are still on course for a top six finish but will be well aware that they will have to secure maximum points in their final two league games.
And the Reds play rivals Chelsea on Wednesday in a match that Klopp has described as 'one of the biggest games in world football'.
He continued by stating: "We have to play football. We play on Wednesday against Chelsea, in my opinion one of the biggest games in world football. Liverpool and Chelsea, nice clubs, let’s play. If you start resting now, you have no chance a week on Wednesday in Basel. We have to do what we have to do.
"For a few months we have tried to manage the intensity, that’s what we have done the whole time. We will do it like this for the next 10 days – we play Chelsea, West Brom and Sevilla."
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