Liverpool’s James Milner was left in ore and impressed by the show the clubs academy players put on in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons.
While it wasn’t the thrashing that Chelsea dished out, it most certainly wasn’t the hit and miss that United put on.
What it was, was a solid complete performance, from hungry academy players desperate to impress “The Best” manager in football right now.
Captain for the night Milner was probably the most impressed of all.
In an interview reported by goal.com he shared his thought on the game and the players that caught his eye.
“It shows how good they are to be anywhere near our first team.”
“But then they’re expected to come in and play the way we play, which isn’t easy. I thought they all did very well.”
He said of the senior player’s role:
“That’s what we’re there to do, to help. That’s the role.”
“Hopefully, the more they’re with us and they train with us, they’ll feel more confident as well.”
“It’s a fine line between knowing what’s expected and the standards and also giving them that confidence as well.”
“Every player’s different so it’s about getting it right, but I think you can see [with] the boys there’s so much talent there, and their attitude is there as well.”
After such an accomplished display, the focus now id keeping them focused.
“It’s tough to keep going, you see glimpses but there are so many distractions.”
“They have to keep their foot on the accelerator and keep pushing as hard as they can.”
There were several standouts.
“I’ve seen a massive difference in Curtis in the last year.”
“He’s always had that ability but seems a bit more mature now; [he’s] defending well, getting his angles right when he’s defending.”
“Harvey hasn’t been with us that long, but you see how good he is on the ball, very comfortable.”
“But he impressed me with his closing down today and his reactions.”
“He’s got that hunger and he’s learning from one of the best there is at the other side of the game, Bobby [Firmino].”
“He might not be able to do the Cruyffs that Bobby can do but he is ruthless in front of goal, he’ll get plenty of goals.”
“Ki-Jana, another one, great talent, very comfortable on the ball and great for him to get a goal, fantastic, and hopefully that will give him that boost.”
If Liverpool are to go n a march on five fronts this season, league, both cups, Champions League and World Club Cup, they will need as big a squad as possible.
These youngsters may have a crucial role to play if they are to more than contenders this season.
What a debut from Harvey Elliott 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/5AjGEwg7eY
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 26, 2019