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Nathaniel Clyne Hails Young Talent at Liverpool

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The right back tipped three youngsters as hot prospects to watch and is intent on using his status as a senior player to help them grow.

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There are a lot of youngsters hoping to break through at Liverpool under a manager with a history of bringing inexperienced talent through. A fervent desire exists among a passionate fanbase to see genuine talent break through, especially if they happen to be local players. The last to break through was Raheem Sterling, and although he wasn't a Scouser, he was talented enough not to look out of place as a teenager alongside Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suárez.

Liverpool's senior squad is predominantly young with the exception of Alex Manninger (39), Ragnar Klavan (30), and James Milner (30). This is still a squad that will undergo changes over the next couple of years, ensuring that opportunities will be there for those who can take it. For Nathaniel Clyne, though, there are fledglings who have already impressed him. Interestingly, one of them is his back up at right back.

"There's a lot of good, young players out there. There are a few - I see some of their games and they are doing really well," the dependable right back said. "Sheyi Ojo is really good. Trent Alexander-Arnold is another one who impresses. Marko Grujic is good as well. He is very confident on the ball, he has got a good shot as well. I am enjoying training and working with him.

"I am growing up as a player, really, and I can definitely give advice to these youngsters who are coming through to the first team or who are trying to get into the first team if they need any help, and I could look out for them and help them.

"I remember when I was at [Crystal] Palace, Jose Fonte helped me out and he picked me out after a reserve game and said: 'Yeah, you are good and confident and you are doing really well.' I always remember that. He is a nice guy."

It's good to know that Clyne is not only keeping track of potential at the club but also thinking of how he can help them thrive as he did at Crystal Palace. Jürgen Klopp didn't make a glut of signings in the summer out of a firm belief in the players he has at his disposal and might have his eye on bringing through a specific player or two in the years ahead.