IRISH teenager Daniel Cleary could profit from Liverpool’s squad rotation policy as the defender has been drafted into the squad for tomorrow’s Europa League tie in Bordeaux.
Under-fire Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has vowed to rest a number of his key men, as the Premier League takes priority amid an early season crisis, prompting the Irishman to call up a number of fringe players.
Cleary, a 19-year-old centre-back from Dublin, is making the trip to France hopeful he can build on the form he showed during the pre-season tour to Australia, Malaysia and Finland.
The former Crumlin United product made his debut in July against a Malaysia XI as a 79th-minute substitute for Nathaniel Clyne.
Should Cleary sample game-time during the European campaign, he will end a drought of Irish involvement at Liverpool as almost 11 years have passed since an Irish-born player emerged through the ranks to make his debut for the club’s first team.
Dubliner Richie Partridge’s appearances during the League Cup run of 2004/5 season represent the last time a youngster produced in these shores wore the Red jersey, as the likes of Ronnie Whelan and Jim Beglin had done with distinction during the golden trophy-laden period of the 1980s.