With Jose Enrique continuing to be some combination of injured and out of favour while options on the right that have so far allowed Glen Johnson to cover his off-wing have dwindled, Liverpool's congested schedule over the next month would seem the perfect opportunity for the 19-year-old Jack Robinson to join the growing list of youth players who have pushed their way into the first team picture this season.
After a number of encouraging performances to end 2010-11, Robinson missed much of last year through injury, but with manager Brendan Rodgers having proven he's willing to give the club's kids a look and Raheem Sterling, Suso, and Andre Wisdom—though with Wisdom's availability for Reading still in doubt after he returned early from the England U21s—all securing at least supporting roles with the senior side, the once again fit left back could see a chance to stake his own claim to minutes in the league as early as this weekend.
"I think this is a big chance for me to impress this season," said Robinson. "This year has been the best year for me [because] I've been injury free and managed to get a few games for the first team, so it has been really good so far. As long as I can keep improving in my game and show the manager what I can do then hopefully he'll give me a few more chances. If I get the chance then I'm sure I can make that position mine one day."
While Robinson is confident of his own abilities, he's also aware that Liverpool this season under their new manager may mean he's in the right place at the right time to at least get that all-important chance to make an impression:
"Seeing the manager give us young lads this season has given me a lot of confidence. Raheem has been doing fantastic, Suso has done well and Andre has come in and done well. The confidence is sky high with all the youngsters coming through together. We have all come through the Academy and played together at U18 level and now to get that chance at first-team level is just brilliant."
And after many headed into last season thinking Robinson's rapid development meant he was already penciled in as second to Jose Enrique on the left before his injury setback, it's not hard to imagine that over the next few weeks a fourth name from the youth ranks will have pushed his way solidly into the first team picture.