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Injuries Could Open Door for Liverpool Youngster Brannagan

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Tired legs and injuries could mean a first start for Cameron Brannagan against Brounemouth on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.

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With Jürgen Klopp expected to try to rotate against Bournemouth tomorrow following three tough games and with Chelsea set for Saturday, it looks as though youngster Cameron Brannagan could be the player getting a chance to impress due to injuries and tired legs.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Klopp praised the young attacking midfielder, who he says has impressed in training since he arrived at the club two weeks ago. Having recently made his first team debut against Bordeaux and signed an extended deal, he could now get his first start.

"I saw enough of him that I can say congratulations to both sides for this new contract," said Klopp when asked about the youngster. "He's a great young guy. I like his style. For his age, he brings everything you need from a midfielder player. He wants to play football, he's strong, he's clear, he's cool.

"It's not easy for these guys to train for the first tie with a new manager and think maybe he's going to make a final judgement or something like this. It is not how I work but maybe these guys don't always know that, and I have enjoyed working with him. He's really a talent."

Brannagan made his senior debut off the bench against Bordeaux. The switch meant the removal of Jordan Rossiter, who was clearly exhausted. Unfortunately, the more attack-minded Brannagan coming on meant that Liverpool's midfield began to be stretched and they soon conceded the equaliser.

Put in a more attacking role, though, he remains an intriguing proposition for inclusion against Bournemouth, and Klopp could use him in place of the suspended James Milner or to give Emre Can the night off—or even push him higher up the pitch to replace the struggling Philippe Coutinho.

"We have to give these players enough time to develop, to improve," added the manager of Brannagan and Liverpool's other young prospects. "It's really, really important. It's one of the reasons I'm here. Everyone at the club wants this and I want it, too. It's very important."