With Luis Suarez suspended, and Fabio Borini out of action for the foreseeable future, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was always likely to face a selection headache ahead of the club's trip to West Ham United, but as youngsters Jordon Ibe and Jerome Sinclair showed in the FA Youth Cup thrashing of Swindon Town, it mightn't be the dilemma the Northern Irishman once envisaged.
After Adam Morgan, a player whose profile has been as enhanced by his fleeting mention on 'Being Liverpool' as his three first-team appearances this season, netted his ninth goal of the season as the club's Under-21 side sustained their unbeaten record, both Ibe and Sinclair did their hopes of making an impact on the Anfield first-team no harm in a competition regarded as the traditional honing ground of some of British football's finest talents.
Since moving from Wycombe Wanderers 12 months ago, Ibe's talent has been allowed to ferment in club's Under-19 side, while Sinclair became the Liverpool's youngster ever debutant in the League Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion, and while he doesn't possess the league experience his 16-year old team-mate enjoyed at Adams Park in his maiden season, the Birmingham-born forward appears closer to breaching Rodgers' first team on a regular basis.
Ibe and Sinclair were partners in crime on Tuesday night, both claiming a goal and an assist as The Reds bypassed The Robins in the Youth Cup third round. Sinclair opened the scoring with a slice of fortune as his strike rebounded off the post and struck Town goalkeeper Josh Helm to hand the visitors the lead.
Ibe then took a more direct route to goal, smashing in a second from 25 yards, before the England Under-18 international turned provider to set up Jack Dunn. After Dunn claimed his second before the interval as Sinclair combined with Kris Peterson, the 20 year old made in five on 51 minutes to send the three-time winners through to round four.
Rodgers has been willing throughout the campaign to blood youngsters when he sees fit, whether it be to mask his deficiencies in the transfer window or because he sees genuine talent in the Liverpool ranks, but with Andre Wisdom, Raheem Sterling and Suso all having shown promise, why should the former Swansea City boss suddenly change tact come the New Year?
Granted, the clamour on the Kop for additional attacking resources is such that Rodgers' hand will inevitably be forced, but he should resist in bringing in swathes of established players which would simultaneously expose the last six-months as simply a short-term solution.
There's no doubt the Liverpool squad needs subsidising in the summer, not least to take the weight off the shoulders of the club's premier marksman Suarez, but Rodgers shouldn't be so quick to abandon a policy which has proved fruitful.