Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could possible be about to offer a new contract to at least one of his club’s talented youngsters while captain Steven Gerrard has made claims that he would like to play on beyond the end of his current deal at Liverpool.
The Reds’ manager gave numerous first-team opportunities this season to 17-year-old Raheem Sterling, 18-year-old Suso and 19-year-old Andre Wisdom and he says he has been hugely impressed by what he has seen so far.
“The plan between the window closing and January was to see how many of the young, talented players are going to be able to come into our squad – and I’ve been very, very pleased by the impact they’ve made,” said Rodgers.
“They have played with no fear, but I always say young players will run through a barbed wire fence for you. You have seen that in games.
“It’s also a great demonstration that with talent and spirit and belief and hard work what you can achieve, not matter how young you are.”
Spanish forward Suso is already in the final year of his contract with the club. He was snatched by former boss Rafa Benitez in 2009 just a day before he was due to sign for Real Madrid from Spanish side Cadiz and Rodgers revealed that the teenager was the subject of some high interest this summer.
“He’s in the last year of his contract, and it’s something we will look at,” Rodgers said.
“We did have a couple of offers for Suso in the summer, but I always said I didn’t want him to go.
“I felt we had a very good young player so let’s keep him here and we will see where he is in a couple of years. We had offers for him to go abroad but he was keen to stay, he understood he was going to get a chance here.
“He is tactically very good, strong technically with the ball. He makes things happen. I love that type of player. Talent finds space. He is a real talent.”
Sterling, Suso and Wisdom all featured in Liverpool’s 5-2 victory over Norwich.
“Lots of others in the team are putting their bodies on the line and the ones that don’t stand out like a sore thumb,” he said.