With Liverpool sitting pretty in the Premier League, you’d forgive Jurgen Klopp for making plenty of changes for the EFL Cup clash against Tottenham this evening.
Klopp’s side are currently level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the league table and Klopp is likely to give some of the talented youngsters at the club a chance to show what they can do at Anfield tonight.
The German boss hinted at a youthful line-up against Spurs by singing the praises of some of the academy prospects ahead of the clash against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
“I think there’s a lot to say about a few of our young players,” Klopp said.
“We are really happy about the situation. One of the reasons why it is so easy for them to use the situation of training with world-class players and improving every day is because they don’t have to think about anything else. We try to keep this situation as long as possible.”
And, according to the Liverpool Echo, one of those youngsters that could feature is Trent Alexander-Arnold. While some Liverpool supporters may not have heard of the young right-back, he has already received glowing praise from a club legend - Steven Gerrard no doubt.
In his autobiography a year ago, Gerrard spoke extremely highly of the 18-year-old suggesting that he has a long future at the club.
“While I was coaching the under-16s a couple of boys really caught my eye,” he wrote.
“Trent Arnold has a terrific chance of making it as a top professional. He’s got a lovely frame and seems to have all the attributes you need.
“He has the right attitude and comes from West Derby, home to Melwood. He can play as a number six, a holding midfielder, but he’s versatile and I’ve seen him fill various positions.”
If you’re a youngster at Liverpool, the one person you want to hear praise form is probably Gerrard and Alexander-Arnold has received just that. He could make his senior debut tonight against Spurs and, if Gerrard’s words are anything to go by, he’s got a bright future at the club.
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