Kenny Dalglish “taking nappies off” Jonjo Shelvey

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish has hinted that he will start to give more chances to the Reds’ youngsters towards the end of the season.

Dalglish sees some of the young players on the fringe of the Liverpool squad as strong players in the squad’s future, with the likes of Jon Flanagan and Jonjo Shelvey edging on regular first team football this season.

He said, “There comes a time when you have to take the nappies off them and see if they have got it.

“We have to maintain their progress and for some of the younger boys in our squad – Flanagan, Robinson, Shelvey – if we were in a better position with injuries they could have gone out on loan playing somewhere.

“But at the same time if they are going to play they have to educate themselves for this football club not another one.”

With Liverpool’s league season fizzling away off the back of poor results, some fans have called on Dalglish to use the remaining games to give the club’s young stars a run in the first team.

But Dalglish says nobody will be rushed into the limelight of the Premier League too hastily.

He added, “If we have to do that we will do it but at all times the most important thing for us is to maintain the thought that we are protecting them for our and their benefit.

“People can shout and bawl about young kids doing well and of course they are doing well.

“But they have done well because they have come here and been looked after in the management and guidance they have had.

“Just trust us to guide them through if they are going to get to the next step and if they are good enough to get there.”

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