Last Updated: Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:02
Steven Gerrard has urged Liverpool's exciting starlets to prove their class and establish themselves in the first team.
After years of frustration at Anfield, boss Brendan Rodgers chose to give a number of youngsters their chance to shine in the Premier League and although they occasionally suffered from inconsistency, the likes of Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom earned plenty of plaudits for their mature performances.
Another bright spot was the form of Jordan Henderson who after being widely derided for his form since joining the club, came into his own towards the end of last term.
Gerrard is expecting the club's current crop of young talent to improve even more in the coming season and believes their performances could play a huge role in his side's quest for a top four spot.
"You only get described as a young lad for a certain amount of time and then it's time to become a man and perform on a consistent basis," he said.
"Of course it's a big season for every player we've got, but I think the supporters will be looking for the young lads to step up now, try to push people out of the way and become regulars in the team."
With so much young talent at the club, these are exciting times at Anfield, but the strength of the Premier League means it may just prove too early for them to finish in the Champions League places and punters may instead opt to use their free bet to back Brendan Rodgers' men to finish in the top six.
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