Brendan Rodgers believes Andre Wisdom is destined for a bright future at Liverpool
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is backing Andre Wisdom and his other promising youngsters to make a big impression.
Last Updated: 03/10/12 8:54am
Wisdom is the latest product of the Anfield academy system to make his mark in the senior set-up, with a debut goal in a UEFA Europa League clash with Young Boys Berne announcing his arrival in style.
The 19-year-old is now looking to earn a regular run in the side, with it possible that an unfortunate injury to Martin Kelly could play into his hands.
Rodgers believes the talented teenager is destined for big things and is confident he can shine at right-back despite spending much of his career to date turning out at centre-half.
"When I came Andre had been at centre-half but he has the physical and technical capacity to play full-back," he said.
"The modern day full-back has a lot of the ball and has to have strength, pace and power - well Andre has that."
Rodgers is also looking for a number of other academy graduates to make the breakthrough this season, with the likes of Wisdom, Raheem Sterling and Suso having benefited from a lack of summer transfer activity on Merseyside.
He added: "The plan between now and January is to see how many of the young players are going to be able to come into our squad - and I have been very, very pleased by the impact they've made."