Liverpool rely on teenagers as injuries add to Rodgers' woes
Jerome Sinclair, who turned 16 last week, could become Liverpool’s youngest ever player
ARSENAL may have a reputation for fielding teams of unknown youngsters in the League Cup, but Liverpool could steal their crown tonight as Brendan Rodgers struggles with a threadbare squad and the pressure of an awful start to the Premier League, and could give a debut to a player who only turned 16 less than a week ago.
With so many senior players already ruled out through injury and suspension the Reds boss is anxious to avoid picking up any more casualties in the game against West Brom tonight, and will rest the likes of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Glen Johnson.
Rodgers, who has introduced 17-year-old Raheem Sterling to the Premier League this season, obviously has faith in his youngsters and tonight the likes of Suso and Andre Wisdom, two teenagers who made their debuts against Young Boys of Berne in the Europa League last week, will get another chance.
Another youth player, 18-year-old striker Samed Yesil, is also set to get a start and there is a place in the squad for defender Stephen Sama, aged 19. While new signing Oussama Assaidi, a veteran at 24, is also likely to start for Liverpool.
But they are veterans compared to Jerome Sinclair, who will become the youngest player in Liverpool's history if he takes to the field against the Baggies. The striker only turned 16 last week and will break the record set by Jack Robinson, who played for the Reds in May 2010 at the age of 16 years and 250 days (now 19, he could also feature tonight).
"Ironically, Sinclair started his career at the West Brom Academy before Liverpool swooped to secure his services in the summer of 2011. He has impressed for the under-18s so far this season and shone in last week's NextGen Series clash with Inter Milan," says the Liverpool Echo.
However, there will be at least one familiar name in Rodgers' line-up, the side will be captained by 34-year-old Jamie Carragher, while Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing should also feature in the starting line-up.