Liverpool have been one of the best sides so far this season in giving young players a chance to impress on the biggest stage with Jurgen Klopp giving them huge confidence with the faith he has put in them.
The most impressive young player that has been thrown into the limelight has been central defender Jarell Quansah and every time he has played he has excelled with his most impressive performance being against Arsenal in the FA Cup third round.
As well as him there has been several other players who have been given the opportunity this season with Ben Doak getting starts in the Europa League as well as getting the chance to make an impact against Chelsea in the first game of the campaign.
In recent weeks the likes of Bobby Clark and Conor Bradley have received high praise for their important performances as both came on against Arsenal in the FA Cup to make a difference.
Bradley was then given a start in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Fulham and he was awarded the man of the match award due to how well he replaced the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.
There is one young player though who has gone under the radar this season even though he has impressed Klopp enough to give him his Premier League debut and minutes in the Europa League.
James McConnell has been awarded a new long-term contract
Midfielder James McConnell featured in pre-season for Liverpool before they had signed all the midfielders they had wanted and he impressed in a deep playmaker role as he was neat with his passing.
The 19-year-old was given his Premier League debut as a late substitute against Brentford and he was also given minutes in two Europa League minutes with the Liverpool staff trusting him enough by having him on the bench frequently.
It has been confirmed that they see him as a big part of the future at Liverpool as the club have given him a new long-term contract.
He joined Liverpool from Sunderland at under 15’s level and he has developed very quickly to be apart of the senior squad so often.
McConnell signed his first senior contract with Liverpool back in 2021 as it was clear that they viewed him as a big prospect at the club.
It is not clear how long his new deal is but he has secured his future at the club for many years to come and he will be hoping for much more opportunities to solidify himself in Klopp’s squad for years to come.
The likelihood is that McConnell will be in the match day squad yet again for Liverpool’s Carabao second leg against Fulham but he will be eyeing up the FA Cup fourth round match against Norwich City as a chance to get some more minutes under his belt at Anfield.
With Wataru Endo still unavailable due to International duty he will need to be ready in case Alexis Mac Allister suffers an injury in the deep midfield role as Liverpool have got a lot of injury issues to deal with at the moment.