Liverpool have had a welcome injury boost – and maybe some of the stars of the future could even force their way into the club’s late-season plans.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez came through the Under-23 game with Leicester on Sunday.
Teenager striker Rhian Brewster got on the scoresheet too as they won 6-0 at the King Power stadium.
None of the players who have spent time on the treatment table suffered any kind of reaction.
It was a good day for Liverpool as they returned to the top of the Premier League table.
Oxlade-Chamberlain impressed in his latest run-out but manager Jurgen Klopp won’t rush the £35million midfielder back before he is ready.
“It’s just been a long time,” Klopp said on Friday. “He played 40 minutes against Derby and then 60 minutes in an internal game. He needs more minutes to play.
“It’s difficult because all the others are fit. How can I compare? It looks positive in training, like Joe (Gomez), but we need to make sure they are really ready.
“They were serious injuries. We want to have them for the future, not only one game. That’s why we try to be as serious as possible.”
After the 2-0 win over Chelsea , the manager hit back at the club’s critics.
Klopp said: “The biggest challenge for us is always facing the world outside, you and other people.
“We don’t think like that. We play our game.
“If City lose today, and we find out five minutes before the game, somebody tells us ‘City lost!’ but that’s not a help. You lose your focus then.
“We only try to collect as many points as possible. What is it now, 85? Four games to play. 97. Let’s try.
“And if that’s enough, then perfect. If not, we cannot change it. And we didn’t lose it here or there or whatever.
“Very smart people will come out and say ‘yeah, if you would have won against Leicester you would be champions’. It’s all bull****.
“People and idiots bring something like this up.”