Liverpool were hit with two injuries to left-backs during the international break and ahead of Saturday’s Merseyside derby, a familiar youngster was drafted into training.
Not only is the international break a nuisance when attempting to create any momentum, it also presents the chance of injuries occurring – which Liverpool know all too well.
Calum Scanlon will not be a new name to those who follow academy football or the Reds’ recent pre-season, the 18-year-old featured four times for a total of 77 minutes in the summer.
The left-back was singled out for praise by Jurgen Klopp during the Reds’ training camp in Germany, but he has yet to make a competitive first-team appearance, though that could soon change.
The fourth round tie on the south coast is on November 1 and with Klopp rotating his side for midweek games, the 18-year-old stands a chance of becoming the next debutant.
Of course, a lot can happen between now and then, but he showed he can compete against senior opposition during pre-season and in the EFL trophy this season after scoring against Morecambe.
The 18-year-old was not the only youngster drafted into training on Thursday ahead of the Merseyside derby, as James McConnell, Tommy Pilling and Trent Kone-Doherty were also involved.
Liverpool squad in training on Thursday
Defenders: Van Dijk, Matip, Konate, Gomez, Quansah, Alexander-Arnold, Tsimikas, Scanlon
Midfielders: Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Gravenberch, Endo, Jones, Elliott, McConnell, Pilling
Forwards: Salah, Diaz, Jota, Nunez, Gakpo*, Kone-Doherty
* Did not take part in full training