Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp affirms his belief in the club's youngsters
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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp affirms his belief in the club's youngsters

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is backing the youngsters to step up to the plate following the club's injury crisis.

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold remain on the sidelines ahead of Sunday's clash against Leicester City.

Jordan Henderson is also out while Mohamed Salah tested positive for Covid19 and Thiago Alcantara is yet to rejoin the squad in full training sessions.

Klopp is faced with the daunting task of going into the transfer market to find potential replacements for Van Dijk and Gomez, however, he has spoken highly of youngsters Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.

"We will see. If we can do something in January, I have no idea. If we want to do something in January, I have no idea," Klopp said.

"I don't want to compare situations but when I came to Dortmund in 2008 my two centre-halves were 19 and turned 20 that winter, and we played with them for that entire time.

"Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic. We have the talent here. They are young - 18, 19, 23 - and we have more experienced players, so we will see.

"Everybody has a chance. We have midfielders - not in the moment but hopefully in a couple of weeks - who can play the more defensive role as well. For the moment, we are fine. We use the boys we have.

"You should see them in training. They can smell the chance and they step up. They want to show they are ready. I'm really confident it will work out and then hopefully we can convince the rest of the world as well."

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