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Dalglish to be patient in nurturing Liverpool youngsters

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish will not rush unnecessarily the development of the clubs young talent. Jonjo Shelvey, 20, Jon Flanagan, 19, and Jack Robinson, 18, have had limited chances this season having made the step up from the academy in the previous campaign.

"We have to maintain their progress and for some of the younger boys in our squad - Flanagan, Robinson, Shelvey - if we were in a better position with injuries they could have gone out on loan playing somewhere," said the Scot.

"But at the same time if they are going to play they have to educate themselves for this football club not another one."

Dalglish has no qualms about giving youth its head but the Reds boss stressed it has to be right for both the club and the player.

"There comes a time when you have to take the nappies off them and see if they have got it," he added.

"If we have to do that we will do it but at all times the most important thing for us is to maintain the thought that we are protecting them for our and their benefit.

"People can shout and bawl about young kids doing well and of course they are doing well.

"But they have done well because they have come here and been looked after in the management and guidance they have had.

"Just trust us to guide them through if they are going to get to the next step and if they are good enough to get there."

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