Just because they play for Liverpool doesn't necessarily mean they will make it as a professional.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has developed a reputation in recent years as a man who is prepared to encourage players who have been part of the youth structure at his clubs to get their shot at the first team. He has had his time working with younger players notably at Chelsea – which was something he alluded to in his pre-match press conference before Liverpool’s trip to Newcastle.

Rodgers had the odd bit of criticism for playing some players for too long or being over-reliant on some of the youngsters that came into the first team: Jordon Ibe Jerome Sinclair Samed Yesil Connor Coady Adam Morgan Jack Robinson Andre Wisdom Raheem Sterling have all been given a chance by Rodgers ever since his arrival at Anfield.

Given the lengthy list of players there – and there may be some missing from that list – such as John Flanagan who featured quite prominently under Kenny Dalglish. The thing that may surprise some fans who claim that Rodgers has overused youngsters were his comments in the press conference ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Newcastle.