Curtis Jones has revealed how Jurgen Klopp gives hope to Liverpool’s youngsters that they can break into his world-class squad.
The Kop midfielder, 19, became the club’s youngest ever captain when he led out the youngest ever Reds side that beat Shrewsbury in the FA Cup fourth-round replay on Tuesday.
Jones is tipped for the top but it won’t be easy with the current Reds first team the reigning world and European champions.
They are also soon to be English champions again as they runaway with the Premier League title this season.
But despite that, Jones insists Klopp gives young players like himself hope they can crack it at one of the best clubs in the world.
“I think for any player on the outside looking in they might say Liverpool is a hard team to get in in terms of the players they have in each position,” said Jones.
“They have a world-class starting XI, but everyone sees the gaffer is there for the youth and has belief in them and that is why he gives us this opportunity and gave me other opportunities along the way and I am sure the rest of the boys will get theirs in time.
“I think for any young player that is coming into a team like this where there are players who are the best in the world you have to go out there confident and stand up and show what you are capable of doing.
“That's what I try to do every game, like everyone says.”
Liverpool’s side was managed by Under-23s boss Neil Critchley after Jurgen Klopp refused to take the team in protest of the scheduling of the replay.
Klopp was not happy the FA put fourth-round replays at the start of the Premier League’s new mid-season break and he instructed his 22 senior players to go on holiday.
Jones revealed the first-team stars were busy sending messages to the youngsters ahead of their win over the League One side which has set up a fifth-round clash at Chelsea.
Jones said: “The players the whole week have been sending messages, wishing us luck and texting us individually to tell us what we need to do in our game and how to impress and help the team.
“The stuff they were saying will benefit individuals going forward in the future.”
Neco Williams, 18, could be in line for a call up to the Wales senior squad for next month’s friendlies against Austria and USA.
Ryan Giggs has received glowing reports about the 18-year-old full-back from his technical staff after he impressed again in the 1-0 win over Shrewsbury.
If Williams gets called up, that would give him a chance to prove himself worthy of going to this summer’s European Championships with his country.