Liverpool boss Rodgers: Aussie Brad Smith deserved his Chelsea chance

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

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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