With the Europa League round of 32 kicking off next Thursday and Liverpool traveling to St. Petersburg to face Zenit only three days after an important league match on Monday, things are about to get busy again after more than a month of facing only one game per week.
And while Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho will help ease the workload in league action, with both players cup tied due to their former clubs having dropped down to the Europa League there may be room for a few youngsters and fringe players in Russia.
Three of those youngsters who could get a taste of action—or at least a taste of sitting on the bench in sub-zero temperatures at Petrovsky Stadium—are Jordon Ibe, Marc Pelosi, and Krisztian Adorjan. All three were officially added to Liverpool's Europa League squad today, joining the likes of youngsters Conor Coady, Ryan McLaughlin, and Samed Yesil who were all named to the original Europa League squad.
For Pelosi and Ibe in particular it's reward for a strong season with Liverpool's U21 reserve team and in the U19 NextGen Series. It may be unlikely that any of the youngsters will see significant minutes in the coming weeks, but it still stands as deserved reward and encouragement for some of the club's most promising youngsters.
Meanwhile, Joe Cole, Adam Morgan, Nuri Sahin, Daniel Pacheco, and Danny Wilson have all been officially removed from Liverpool's Europa League roster—just in case anybody had forgotten that they'd left the club between the group stages and the end of January.
The winner of the two-legged tie between Liverpool and Zenit will go on to face what on paper appears an easier round of 16 opponent in either FC Basel of the Swiss league or Ukraine's Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.