Liverpool FC under 21’s coach Alex Inglethorpe claims that several of the injured players in the his squad were on the verge of making first team debuts.
Singling out Brad Smith, Inglethorpe said that he was hitting form to make himself a genuine contender for the first team.
Smith had been seen as a bit part player before Inglethorpe’s arrival earlier this season but the full back then hit great form including an impressive performance at home to Inter Milan in the NextGen Series.
The Australian-born English youth international suffered ligament damage at the start of the calendar year after going down off the ball against Southampton, just at point when it was possible he’d be included in first team football.
The severity of the injury has ruled Smith for the season but he is expected to be included in the first team’s pre-season tour.
The other players who were close to first-team call-ups were German forward Samed Yesil and versatile American Marc Pelosi.
Inglethorpe was speaking to fans groups at a briefing held at the club’s Kirkby Academy today.