Kenny Dalglish insists he will carefully manage the talents of Raheem Sterling and will not rush him into the Liverpool first-team.
The 17-year-old has impressed at both academy level and with the reserves over the past 12 months, and was granted his senior debut against Wigan last weekend.
Sterling came on as a substitute during the defeat at Anfield, and impressed the watching Liverpool fans, many of whom feel he should have been given his chance in the first-team some time ago.
The young winger has had to bide his time as other academy products like John Flanagan and Jack Robinson have made the step up, and Sterling has reportedly been growing tired at his lack of opportunities.
Sterling has been linked with a move to Tottenham in recent weeks, although he may now have second thoughts over his future having made his Anfield bow.
Dalglish, meanwhile, has given his reasons as to why some youngsters have been afforded greater opportunity than others, putting it down to differing cases for differing players.
"We need to have common sense and make sure we do a professional job on any of the kids coming in," Dalglish told the club's official website.
"Anybody who comes here must have a chance of being a professional footballer, but he's got a much better chance if we face reality. We've got to be realistic with him.
"At the same time we've got to be appreciative and realise it doesn't matter what age they are if they're good enough.
"But there is a bit of time to go yet on all of the kids. Last year we threw in Jack Robbo and Flanno and it never fazed them, but physically they were a bit stronger than Raheem. Every case is going to be different."
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