Liverpool’s young XI v Shrewsbury: Who’s the next cab off the rank?
It isn’t too often that you’d hear a massive roar coming from Anfield after Liverpool had beaten Shrewsbury Town 1-0 in the FA Cup.
This wasn’t any usual match though in January 2020, as the Reds’ congested schedule led Jurgen Klopp to rest his entire first-team squad for the match against their League One opposition. Thanks to an own goal from Shrews centre-back Ro-Shaun Williams, the youngsters managed to secure the victory and a place in the next round of the cup.
With the number of injuries Liverpool have endured recently, there is a chance Klopp may be calling on the club’s emerging talent again, so we took a look at how the youngsters from that night are doing now.
Having played in three League Cup fixtures, Kelleher already had some first-team experience before facing Shrewsbury.
The 22-year-old hasn’t made any appearances for Klopp since, despite some suggesting that he should have got in ahead of Adrian when Alisson was injured.
While he is yet to play in the Premier League, Kelleher has also been involved in the Republic of Ireland’s senior squad.
Williams’ long ball into the box led to his namesake scoring the calamitous own goal that proved to be the winner.
Having already appeared in the first team before this match, the right-back has since made his Champions League debut and has also recorded a goal and assist for Wales.
Hoever joined Wolves for a reported £10million fee in the summer without making his Premier League debut for Liverpool.
So far, the young Dutchman has had to remain patient, managing just 29 minutes on the pitch since moving to Molineux.
Sepp van den Berg
This was Van den Berg’s fourth match for the first team, but he has been unable to add to that tally since.
Liverpool’s injury crisis may have given the 18-year-old hope that another chance may come, but Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams have stepped in ahead of the Dutchman after returning from their respective loans.
The England Under-20 international is currently out on loan at Amiens, who sit 14th in Ligue 2.
This has proven to be a real learning curve for the left-back, who started the French side’s first five games of the season, in which they won just once, and he has mainly come off the bench since then.
The Spaniard was only 22 years old at the time but was still the elder statesman of Liverpool’s team against Shrewsbury.
The midfielder signed for Liverpool all the way back in 2013 but was never given much of a chance in red and moved to Nantes in the summer, where he is already just two appearances off his entire tally for Liverpool.
Clarkson made his first start for Liverpool against Shrewsbury. While he hasn’t added any minutes to that since, the 19-year-old has got close.
So far, Klopp has included the midfielder on the bench against Leicester City and Atalanta.
There is so much excitement around Elliott and audiences outside of Anfield are beginning to see why.
The 17-year-old has headed out on loan to Blackburn Rovers, where he’s been a regular on the wing, recording a goal and three assists in seven starts and one substitute appearance so far.
Cain has shown plenty of end product for the Under-23s this term, recording three goals and four assists in seven Premier League 2 appearances.
The attacking midfielder is also knocking on Klopp’s door for some first-team minutes, having been named on the bench for every one of Liverpool’s Champions League matches so far this term.
Every Liverpool fan will know about Jones by now.
At 19 years old, the midfielder has 23 first-team appearances to his name, recording five goals and two assists. We’re looking forward to seeing him get plenty more.
Millar had his loan spell with Kilmarnock cut short by six months, which allowed him to take part against Shrewsbury.
The Canadian has managed four goals for the Under-23s this term, including two well-hit strikes during the 4-2 EFL Trophy loss against Port Vale.
Hardy only joined from Brentford B in January 2020, so a taste of first-team football will have come sooner than expected when he replaced Millar in the 82nd minute.
The 22-year-old has been restricted by injuries this term, managing just 70 minutes for the Under-21s so far.
Boyes replaced Clarkson in the 92nd minute, having played the full game during the 5-0 loss against Aston Villa.
The 19-year-old has gone out on loan to Fleetwood Town this term. He has made just three appearances but has still become the record cap holder for Wales Under-19s in that time.
Dixon-Bonner came on for Elliott in the 94th minute, having been a regular for the Under-21s throughout the campaign.
The 19-year-old has remained with the Under-23s but picked up an injury in November.