Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has found positives from their youngsters this season.
Raheem Sterling is the latest to get his chance under Dalglish.
"The young boys came in last year, Flanno (Flanagan) and Jack Robinson were excellent," Dalglish told liverpoolfc.tv.
"Raheem came on (against Wigan), Jonjo has played and Jordan Henderson, 21, is still a young boy.
"But their reaction and response when they've come in has been a credit to themselves.
"At times it is unfair on young players to be thrown in before they're ready. We've got to look after that and we do.
"They'll get much more benefit out of it if we make the decision about when they should play, rather than being forced to play.
"We've been delighted with the progress they've made.
"We bring some of the other young boys from the Academy here (to Melwood) to train as well and that stands them in good stead if they ever have to be thrown in because they've seen the players every day and they've trained here."