"I see or hear some young lads talking about being patient or waiting for their chance," says Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard. "It sounds like they feel they need a 15-minute cameo in a first-team game to prove what they can do. That's not what it's about. It's about proving yourself every day in training.
"They don't want to be getting to September or October and wondering why they didn't get a chance in a game. Do it now is my message to them. They have to go in every day and prove to the manager that they are better than those players who are in the team."
Whether any of the kids have impressed Brendan Rodgers enough to be given that chance may become clear as soon as Thursday when Liverpool take on FC Gomel in the Europa League. Though from the outside at least, it's hard to imagine a few won't after a pre-season in which the likes of Raheem Sterling, Jonjo Shelvey, Dani Pacheco, Stephen Sama, and Suso have outplayed many of their more senior teammates.