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Liverpool Eleven Among Premier League's Youngest

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Through the first three matches of the season, Liverpool have fielded the second-youngest starting eleven in the Premier League, with only Arsenal above (or...below) them. They're nearly five years younger on average than Fulham, and four full years younger than the average age of Everton's eleven. It's a drop of almost a year from last year's squad, and one that, unsurprisingly, has come with some growing pains. Nowhere has the been more evident than in attack, where Luis Suarez is the club's oldest forward at 25--Stewart Downing can stake a claim at 28, but given his level of influence, it's up to the Uruguayan to lead a contingent that's composed of Oussama Assaidi (24), Fabio Borini (21), Raheem Sterling (17), Adam Morgan (18), and Samed Yesil (18). The drop in average age represents both a shift in philosophy and limitations on the squad, and with the way things wrapped up in the summer window, it's likely that we'll continue to see Brendan Rodgers selecting an eleven that's just as young--if not younger--as it's been over the first three matches.