Emre Can is 'setting a real standard' for Liverpool youth players says Michael Beale

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can

Emre Can is ‘setting a real standard’ for Liverpool youth players says Michael Beale [divider]

Liverpool U21 manager Michael Beale believes the first-team youngsters are inspiring the the clubs youth sides.

Beale singled out Emre Can, Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic for praise.

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“If you look at the young players in the Liverpool first team like Coutinho, Emre Can, Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic – they are setting a real standard for young players to go on and achieve,” Beale told Liverpoolfc.com.

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has given several young players a chance this season.

Can is 21-years-old, Sterling is just 20, Ibe Jordan is 19, Coutinho is only 22 and Markovic is 21.

The Reds signed Can from Bayer Leverkusen for £9.75 million in the summer.

Can was born in Germany into a Turkish family like 20-year-old forward Samed Yeşil.

Liverpool signed Yeşil from Bayer for €1 million last season and he still has two-years left on his contract.

Yeşil has struggled with injuries and only recently recovered from a double cruciate ligament injury  The young striker is expected to return to U-21 football this month.

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