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Liverpool youth coach Critchley: Youngsters feel Rodgers will give them chance

Liverpool academy coach Neil Critchley is delighted with the pathway manager Brendan Rodgers has created for their youth players

The likes of 16-year-old Jordan Rossiter and 17-year-old Cameron Brannagan have already tasted life in the first-team squad.

Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com: "I was very fortunate at my old club that I had a special job. I was lucky with the history of players that we produced at Crewe and I wouldn't have left there if I didn't think it was for something special or something that was going to be worthwhile.

"That's why I made the step to come here because the players are going to get an opportunity. If you look across a lot of academies in this country, players getting an opportunity between the ages of 18 and 22 is very limited.

"We are fortunate that our manager is brave enough and willing enough to put the players in. It was only the other week that we had Jack Dunn, Brad Smith and Stephen Sama up at Melwood for two weeks' training and they dropped back down after that to train with us at the Academy.

"You could just see that their level had gone up. It was fantastic for them, and for us and for the other players it's infectious."

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