Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has hailed the impact of the Reds' rising academy prospects, insisting they can play a massive part in the club’s long-term future.
Monday's Barclays Premier League victory over Manchester City saw a first-team debut handed to John Flanagan, who repaid the faith by playing a starring role in the 3-0 win at Anfield.
"He was brilliant. He is just 18 and on the pitch he looked like an experienced player. I think he showed his best and he showed he can be a very good player," said Skrtel.
Flanagan is the latest in a long list of players to fly off the production line, enjoying a rapid rise to stardom since the return of 'King' Kenny Dalglish to Liverpool at the turn of the year.
Skrtel has praised Dalglish for putting his faith in the ability of Liverpool’s youngsters, and believes the renewed youth policy can only benefit the club moving forward.
"The young guys from the academy have already got a chance in the first team, like Martin Kelly, Jay Spearing, Flanno and Peter Gulacsi," he continued.
"They are still young players but they are part of the first team."
As the business end of the season approaches, Liverpool are fully focused on the task at hand as the Reds strive for a fifth placed finish in order to secure Europa League qualification next season.
But regardless of the eventual outcome of this campaign, Skrtel is adamant the long-term future looks bright as long as Dalglish continues to put faith in his young stars.
"We can see they are the future of Liverpool FC and it is on the right way. These players can be big in the future of Liverpool."
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