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McManaman excited so many youngsters breaking into Liverpool first team

Steve McManaman is delighted seeing so many young players coming through at Liverpool.

The likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Martin Kelly, Jay Spearing, John Flanagan and Jack Robinson all made a positive impression on the first team in 2010-11 having been handed a chance to shine by Kenny Dalglish.

"Fans love seeing young local lads coming through and business wise it's vital," McManaman told liverpoolfc.tv.

"It certainly looks like they've got some really special ones. I was at the Fulham game towards the end of the season when Liverpool were outstanding. Jay Spearing and John Flanagan were excellent in that game.

"Martin Kelly was also very impressive before he got injured and Jack Robinson did well when he played. Obviously Jonjo Shelvey was brought in from elsewhere but he's another youngster who has done well.

"Kenny was really clever the way he brought some into the side at the end of the season. It was a great time to play them because there was no real pressure.

"He's seen how good they are now and whether they can cope with the demands of playing for Liverpool."

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