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How did Liverpool's young stars rate?

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How did Liverpool's young stars rate? 16-year-old Harvey Elliott proves he is capable of playing in the Reds first team... but captain Pedro Chirivella's chance of making breakthrough has surely gone

Liverpool's youngsters were swept aside by Aston Villa in their Carabao Cup tie

Sportsmail assessed the first-team potential of Liverpool's young stars
By Tom Collomosse For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:22 GMT, 17 December 2019 | Updated: 08:50 GMT, 18 December 2019

Liverpool's youngsters were swept aside by Aston Villa in their Carabao Cup quarter-final clash.

With Jurgen Klopp and his first team away in Qatar for the Club World Cup, Dean Smith's side secured a comfortable 5-0 victory to progress to the last four of the competition. 

Caoimhin Kelleher
Looked shaky for most of the game and hard to see him making the grade at the highest level.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★ (out of five)

Ki-Jana Hoever
Made his debut as a 16-year-old in the FA Cup at Wolves in January and did not look out of place here.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★★★★

Sepp van den Berg
Naive for the third goal and slow to react for the fourth but at 17 he has plenty of time on his side.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★★

Morgan Boyes
Unlucky with the second goal when a cross looped off him and in, but struggled against Kodjia.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★

Tony Gallacher
On his first senior appearance he overlapped willingly but found Jota's skill difficult to handle.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★

Pedro Chirivella
Decent range of passing but at 22 his chance of playing regularly has surely gone.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★

Herbie Kane
Tottenham's Harry did not make his breakthrough until the same age, 21, so perhaps Herbie has hope.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★★

Isaac Christie-Davies
Made some lively forward runs from midfield but was less effective going the other way.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★

Harvey Elliott
The 16-year-old's quality was there for all to see as he tormented left back Neil Taylor.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★★★★★

Tom Hill
The 17-year-old was one of the brightest players in his team's impressive start to the game.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★★★

Luis Longstaff
Lively. Worried Villa with his pace and movement and, at 18, will surely get another chance.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★★★★

SUBSTITUTES:

Jack Bearne (65min)
Replaced Longstaff and showed plenty of effort in the centre of the attack but no menace.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★

Leighton Clarkson (77min)
Game was done when he came on for Christie-Davies and little he could do to make an impact.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★★

James Norris (82min)
Only played a few moments in place of the impressive Hoever but looks another prospect.
FIRST-TEAM POTENTIAL: ★★

MANAGER: Neil Critchley
Managed his young players well. At 4-0 down, they could have gone under but they put in an impressive second-half display.

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