Jurgen Klopp drafted five academy players into his Liverpool squad for training ahead of tonight’s Champions League first-leg clash with Man City.

The Reds’ preparations for their biggest game of the season so far have been hampered significantly by an injury crisis in Klopp’s ranks.

Steeling his side to secure an advantage heading into next week’s decider at the Etihad, the German is without Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan, Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Ben Woodburn.

This left Klopp with just 18 senior players, including three goalkeepers, and this saw a clutch of call-ups from Liverpool’s under-23s ranks.

Conor Masterson, Nathaniel Phillips, Herbie Kane, Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho were all part of training, and it is likely at least one will be on the substitutes’ bench at Anfield.

Only Masterson was registered as part of the Reds’ initial squad for the knockout stages, but a further addition could have been made by 11pm on Tuesday night.

So what do we know about the five youngsters who could play a part tonight?


Conor Masterson

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, April 3, 2018: Liverpool's Conor Masterson during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 1st Leg match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Age: 19
Position: Centre-back
Signed: 2014

Signed as a promising 16-year-old from Irish outfit Lucan United, Masterson is a cultured centre-back who has made swift progress through the ranks in recent years.

Captain of Neil Critchley’s U18s last season, he made the step up to the U23s along with his coach in the summer, and has been a regular fixture at the heart of the defence this term.

Masterson has…

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