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10 Liverpool academy graduates under Jurgen Klopp

Since arriving in October 2015 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has not been afraid to dip into the reserves to bolster his first-team squad.

Necessity rather than design forced his hand in January when a fixture pile-up and injuries meant he had to blood a number of youngsters in the third round of the FA Cup.

Since then there has been a steady stream of players making the short trip from the club's Kirkby academy to Melwood to join in first-team training.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at those who have been called up by Klopp, and some of those who may yet get a call.

CONNOR RANDALL (date of birth: 21/10/95)

Debut: v Bournemouth, Capital One Cup, October 2015

Appearances: 7

The defender was the first academy graduate to make his debut under Klopp.

SHEYI OJO (19/06/97)

Debut: v Exeter, FA Cup, January 2016

Appearances: 11

The winger was one of a raft of players to cover an FA Cup third-round tie at Exeter and one of those who impressed enough to be rewarded with Premier League appearances in the months following but has been blighted by injury this season.

RYAN KENT (11/11/96)

Debut: v Exeter, FA Cup, January 2016

Appearances: 1

Another winger given an FA Cup outing. Loaned to Barnsley this season.

JOE MAGUIRE (18/01/96)

Debut: v Exeter, FA Cup, January 2016

Appearances: 1

The defender was a late substitute against Exeter. Currently still with the under-23s.

KEVIN STEWART (07/09/93)

Debut: v Exeter, FA Cup, January 2016

Appearances: 18

The midfielder seized his chance, earned a new contract, and has been part of the first team squad since his debut.

SERGI CANOS (02/02/97)

Debut: v West Brom, Premier League, May 2016

Appearances: 1

Got a run-out on the final day of the season but left in the summer to join Norwich.

DANNY WARD (22/06/93)

Debut: v Bournemouth, Premier League, April 2016

Appearances: 2

The goalkeeper was given a chance late last season and impressed Klopp. Loaned to Huddersfield, managed by Klopp's best friend David Wagner.

OVIE EJARIA (18/11/97)

Debut: v Derby, EFL Cup, September 2016

Appearances: 4

Released by Arsenal aged 16, the midfielder impressed in pre-season and has been drafted into the first-team set-up.


Debut: v Tottenham, EFL Cup, October 2016

Appearances: 2

Liverpool-born defender who has been with the club since the age of six. Has put in two impressive EFL Cup displays at right-back.

BEN WOODBURN (15/10/99)

Debut: v Sunderland, Premier League, November 26 2016

Appearances: 2

Forward joined first-team set-up for pre-season friendlies and became the club's youngest-ever goalscorer with his maiden strike against Leeds in the EFL Cup.


TONI GOMES (16/11/98): Portugal youth international forward from former Portuguese colony Guinea-Bissau in west Africa.

BROOKS LENNON (22/09/97): American forward signed from MLS side Real Salt Lake City in summer of 2015.

MATTHEW VIRTUE (02/05/97): Former Chelsea academy player who signed for Liverpool's Under-11s when his family moved to the area. Recently scored a hat-trick for the under-23s against Burnley in Senior Lancashire Cup.

HARRY WILSON (22/03/97): Winger who has been with the club since under-nine level, now under-23 captain and Liverpool's youngest full international, having played for Wales against Belgium in 2013.

YAN DHANDA (14/12/98): Attacking midfielder moved to Liverpool's academy from West Brom as an under-15s player.


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