17 July 2024

Klopp calls 19-year-old Liverpool prospect into first-team training before tonight’s game….

Three Liverpool youngsters were on show during yesterday’s open training session at Kirkby.

 

The Reds trained in-front of the cameras ahead of their Europa League clash with Union Saint-Gilloise this evening.

 

On-hand was the Liverpool ECHO, who spotted that young left-back Luke Chambers had been given a call-up by Jurgen Klopp.

 

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Having made his official senior debut during last week’s Carabao Cup game, Chambers will be hoping for more minutes at Anfield this evening.

 

Meanwhile, first-team regulars Jarell Quansah and Ben Doak were also reportedly present, with both perhaps likely to play tonight. There was a notable absentee though, with Bobby Clark not present, despite being one of the U21s key men so far this season.

Given the landscape of the Liverpool squad, it would be a big surprise if Chambers were to start tonight’s match.

 

That’s because the Reds have a clear hierarchy for these types of occasion at left-back. Kostas Tsimikas would be good enough to start for many Premier League teams, and deserves his run-outs whenever its possible.

 

Unless the Greek is carrying a knock – and it’s worth noting that he appeared to train as normal yesterday – then he’ll start.

 

Luke Chambers

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That doesn’t mean that Chambers won’t get on the pitch, though. The 19-year-old was brought on against Leicester and has clearly been catching plenty of eyes in the youth teams.

 

During the summer, it looked like this might earn him a loan move away from Anfield. Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen were said to be keen on him, and that would have been an eye-catching transfer.

 

But in the end, Chambers stayed put. If he’s to make good on the talent that saw him called ‘outstanding’ out on-loan last year [Kilmarnock FC Twitter] though, he is going to need minutes. With Tsimikas and Andy Robertson in his way, that perhaps won’t happen at Liverpool.

 

Nevertheless, Klopp is blatantly a fan, and these little stints in and around the senior squad will only do Chambers good.

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