Oldham vs. Liverpool: 5 Young Reds Hoping for a Chance in the FA Cup Match
With the importance of the club's season starting to take shape, the FA Cup is potentially the least important in the list of finishing in the top four and trying to win the Europa League.
However, it is not expected to be taken lightly as the young manager is hoping to rekindle that will to win in any match the Reds participate in, just as it was there for them in their decades of success before the 1990s.
With the club gearing up for a great weekend of action in the world's oldest football competition, here are a group of the young Reds that will all be looking to get the call on the team sheet.
Other Notables Hoping for a Chance
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Liverpool have many young players looking to start making their way into the first team more under Brendan Rodgers. Here are a list of other players aside from the primary five to be discussed that also will be hoping for a chance to make an appearance against Oldham.
Jonjo Shelvey - CAM
Dani Pacheco - CF
Michael Ngoo - ST
Conar Coady - CDM/DEF
Sebastian Coates - CD
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Despite his improved chances in the English Premier League first team as of late, Jordan Henderson is likely to be looking at any chance he can get to impress manager Brendan Rodgers.
After a stellar performance against Norwich City last weekend in which Henderson scored his best goal to date for the Reds and after also netting the winner against Udinese in the club's last UEFA Europa League match, the England under-21 international will believe the sky is the limit.
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Unfortunately for Martin Kelly, he is once again injured for the Reds. Still, this is an opportunity he would have been salivating over.
This time two years ago saw the rise of Kelly into the Liverpool first team, and he looked set to be opening a great young career at Anfield.
However, several injuries later and the frustration of young Andre Wisdom later, Kelly finds himself on the outside looking in once more.
The 22-year-old will be hoping he can get some minutes in and impress to try and push for a return to some first-team EPL action.
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Much like Martin Kelly, Jack Robinson was thought to be the next generation left-back at Anfield before the purchase of Jose Enrique.
However, even with Enrique injured, the youngster cannot get a chance in the first team due to Andre Wisdom being the preferred third choice fullback and Glen Johnson being redeployed on the left.
Robinson will hope that he can finally have a chance to show Brendan Rodgers that he has what it takes to make more appearances for the club in all competitions.
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The resurgence of Stewart Downing and now the arrival of Daniel Sturridge has sent Suso further down the pecking order.
The young Spanish attacker signed a new contract with the club in the middle of the first half of the season.
Now he will be hoping to start getting some opportunities since the club have put faith in his future at Anfield.
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Fabio Borini will be hoping to have a chance to lead the line in the FA Cup as the young Italian has just returned from from injury and will be looking for the opportunity to work on regaining his form.
While many would potentially like to see young Michael Ngoo given a run out, Borini is an important part of the club's chances at making a run for the top four in the second half of the season, and he needs time to get back to his best in first-team games.