27th of September 2012 Author: Johnny Karp
Brendan Rodgers, the new Liverpool manager, says age will not be a barrier to players getting a chance to be on the pitch as Jerome Sinclair just became the youngest player to represent the club in an official game. Striker Sinclair, aged 16 years and six days, came on in Liverpool's League Cup 2-1 win against West Brom.
"For me it's about talent, irrespective of age," said Rodgers. "It's congratulations to Jerome Sinclair. Our future is bright with the young players. The style and definition of our game is improving all the time." Defender Jack Robinson was Liverpool's previous youngest player when he played against Hull in the final game of the 2009-10 season at 16 years 250 days. Robinson was also in the Liverpool side that won against West Brom, along with fellow teenagers Andre Wisdom and Samed Yesil. Suso, aged 18, made his third appearance in a week as he came on with Sinclair, while 17-year-old Raheem Sterling, who has become a first-team regular was left on the bench. Sinclair was signed from West Brom and played for Liverpool's Under-18s last season.
Liverpool boast quite a few exciting youngsters: Andre Wisdom - 19-year-old English defender, Jack Robinson - 19-year-old English defender, Jon Flanagan - 19-year-old English defender, Martin Kelly - 22-year-old English defender, Suso - 18-year-old Spanish midfielder, Jonjo Shelvey - 20-year-old English midfielder, Jerome Sinclair - 16-year-old English forward, Raheem Sterling - 17-year-old English winger, Samed Yesil - 18-year-old German forward, Daniel Pacheco - 21-year-old Spanish forward.
"It was fantastic to see so many babies on the pitch. It was great," said Rodgers. "We have seen their confidence but, importantly, we have seen their character. If they have got talent and personality as well as the confidence and bravery to play football for me it doesn't matter how old they are. As long as they show that hunger to learn I would have no qualms about putting them in."
Liverpool will play Rodgers's former club Swansea in the last 16 of the Capital One Cup. "I'm really looking forward it. It will be a special night because it is two wonderful clubs. Swansea is a big part of my life and I was in no rush to leave," Rodgers said.
Bet 365 have Liverpool at 6/1 to win the Capital One Cup this season.
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