Brendan Rodgers may or may not have made too many changes for the game against Bordeaux, but a youthful Liverpool side snared a decent point away from home to start Europa League life this season. Two home games against FC Sion and Rubin Kazan will be next up in October, but the real source of pride was the promise shown by Academy stars such as Pedro Chirivella. It was an occasion that was not lost on the Spanish youth international.
"It was a big day for me," Chirivella told the Liverpool Echo after the draw with Bordeaux. "I have waited for this chance and it is a dream come true to make my debut for Liverpool. It was very unlucky for Kolo as he has been working really hard. I felt so sorry for him but I had to be ready to help the team. The manager told me to keep calm and to play my game. With it being my first game there were a few nerves but I just tried to focus on playing well for the team.I think it was a very good performance from us away from home and a good point for us."
Jordan Rossiter made his first-ever Premier League appearance last month but was another European first-timer in France. What's pleasing to see is that they've earned another chance to play sometime in the future, most likely in next week's Capital One Cup game against Carlisle United. Both players made notable contributions in midfield and possess an existing relationship from youth level that could be bear fruit in the future.
"Jordan and I understand each other's game," he said. "We've played together for the past two years and support each other. It was great to be out there with him. Liverpool is a team that always gives chances to young players and that gives you motivation as a youngster. The manager said well done to me afterwards but I know I have to keep going. Hopefully this is the start of a big career for me at Liverpool."
It seems that a new set of youngsters are starting to break through for Liverpool. There will be a long way to go, though, but along with the return of the glorious Mamadou Sakho, fans can have some reasons to smile from the trip to France.