Rafa should trust more to youth.
Liverpool youngster Daniel Ayala is hungry for more opportunities after a brief taste of Premier League football.
The Spanish defender played in Liverpool’s first two games of the season after Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger were struck down by injuries.
Rafa Benitez then ventured into the transfer market to sign experienced Greek international Sotiris Kyrgiakos and Ayala realises he will now have to wait for his next chance.
But he is determined to prove his worth in training and put as much pressure on the senior centre-backs as possible.
“I need to keep working hard and prove myself,” said Ayala.
“If I keep training well and playing well for the reserve team then maybe I might get another chance in the Carling Cup later this month.” (Sky Sports)
This is good to see. A talented young player who after two years progressing through the ranks at Anfield really wants to show what he can do. He put in a superb performance in his full debut at home to Stoke and that’s no easy task. The Potters are a side who always give 100% and are a very physical side and its a tough job keeping the likes of Beattie and Cresswell quiet.
Remember Ayala is still shy of his 19th birthday but he gave a manful display and in a way I would be glad to see more youngsters thrown in at the deep end in the manner the Spaniard was. Arsenal are a team who are not afraid to blood their kids early and it hasn’t harmed them.
It’s a shame that Nemeth was loaned out to AEK Athens as he is another talent I would have hoped to be given a shot in the first team, even if it was only in the Carling Cup or as a late sub.