Liverpool v Plymouth
On Sunday afternoon, Liverpool host Plymouth in the FA Cup third round.
After a gruelling Christmas period, including two games in 48 hours, Jurgen Klopp is expected to make major changes to his side.
Plymouth come into this match in second place in League Two and whilst they will fight hard and look for an upset, even a young Liverpool side should progress.
Liverpool have a big week ahead of them, they face Southampton away in the League Cup on Wednesday night, then Manchester United away in the Premier League on Sunday.
“We have a special kid. I won’t name him”
In The Sunday Times today, Jurgen Klopp has referenced a fine young player in his Liverpool ranks, in a fascinating interview.
The Liverpool boss explains how he started coaching kids in his first job at Eintracht Frankfurt and his belief that young players need to be nurtured and promoted for the well being of a major club.
Klopp also says: “We have a special kid. I won’t name him. But everyone was asking about him… now, now, now. Nobody has time any more. If it’s a good story, that’s nice. But if the next day the player couldn’t perform and it’s a bad story? A young player can’t deal with that, eh? Nobody is really interested [in the person]. That’s what you feel. That we [in football] are sometimes the clowns in a circus and you have to perform, perform, perform and if you do that’s good but if not… boof.”
The first line of the paragraph above has struck a chord with Liverpool fans who are desperate to know who Klopp rates as special in their youth academy.
Mentioned in the article are youngsters such as Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Rhian Brewster and Ovie Ejaria.
On social media, other names have been suggested, including Joe Gomez, Harry Wilson and Yan Dhanda.
It is a testament to the current Liverpool youth system that they have at least six players coming through that could be considered special…