Jurgen Klopp has a very positive reputation for developing young talents during his time at Anfield.
At the forefront of Liverpool’s title push, this season has been Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, one player brought to the club as a late teen and developed from there, the other graduating from the academy.
Both, when fit, are guaranteed starters for Liverpool are that shows other players in the academy, that there is a pathway to the first-team under Jurgen Klopp.
However, not all youth related stories are as successful as that and if this Liverpool DUO does not step up their game, they could be moving on in January.
A key figure in the U23 setup, it could be assumed that Nat Phillips will be looking at the first-team and be eyeing up a potential spot in the squad, given Gomez’s injury and barring Virgil van Dijk, the frailties that the alternative options have.
With Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip ahead in the pecking order, Phillips may have to wait but for the 21-year-old, now is the time to take his performances in training and for the U23s to a new level and take the potential chance to stake a claim in the first-team with both hands.
If not, a new centre-back could be brought in and the chance could be gone. If so, with a regular spot at centre-half for Liverpool unlikely given the current partnership, a move elsewhere could be best for Phillips’ development.
After 27 appearances for the first-team last season, Dominic Solanke would have been expected to push on in this Liverpool side, eager for more.
However, Solanke is without a first-team appearance this season, only featuring on the bench once in the EFL Cup.
If he does not step up his performances in training and prove to Klopp as to why he should be a part of his setup, a move away from Merseyside to get game time would suit Solanke, as he has the potential to be a fantastic striker which will only come with match experience.
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