Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Brad Smith deserved his chance in defeat at Chelsea.

Rodgers predicted a 'bright future' for the Australian-born player and explained why his first appearance for the Reds' first team should act as inspiration for the youngsters at Liverpool.

"He's only a young boy that has come back from a long injury," the 40-year-old said. "He's got the qualities; he's super quick.

"He's a left-back and we put him on the left side, in front of Daniel Agger, when we had to make the changes. He's a young boy that has got a really bright future - hopefully today gives him great motivation.

"It's to give the young players hope that if we are down in numbers, they are going to get a chance. Today is a good day for him and hopefully he'll learn from it."

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