Jurgen Klopp has named several youngsters who have impressed in training recently as he faces an injury crisis.
The Reds go into Sunday evening’s Premier League clash against leaders Leicester City at Anfield with a growing list of sidelined players.
Mohamed Salah is self-isolating with Covid-19, while captain Jordan Henderson has been ruled out. Rhys Williams, Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho are also doubts to play, meaning Curtis Jones is in line to add to his five starts this season.
Nat Phillips and Neco Williams are expected to cover at the back again – and Klopp has praised their efforts in stepping in to fill some huge shoes.
“It’s very important but there is still some distance between us and the U23s,” Liverpool boss said. “They cannot play exactly as we do for many reasons.
“The boys know before they arrive for our training what we want them to do. Those that have come up so far have been incredible.
“Nat and Rhys played an excellent game. Curtis is the best example. We are blessed with a lot of talent.
“[Luis] Longstaff, [Paul] Glatzel, Leighton Clarkson, Jake Cain, they look sensationally well.
“Billy [Koumetio] is back as well after all the little, big issues he had.”
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