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Saturday 3 December 2016

Dubliner Daniel Cleary (19) set to make Liverpool debut as he's drafted into Europa League squad

Dubliner Daniel Cleary
Dubliner Daniel Cleary
Daniel Cleary and Nathaniel Clyne of Liverpool during a training session at Coopers Stadium on July 19, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

IRISH teenager Daniel Cleary could profit from Liverpool’s squad rotation policy as the defender has been drafted into the squad for tomorrow’s Europa League tie in Bordeaux.

Under-fire Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has vowed to rest a number of his key men, as the Premier League takes priority amid an early season crisis, prompting the Irishman to call up a number of fringe players.

Cleary, a 19-year-old centre-back from Dublin, is making the trip to France hopeful he can build on the form he showed during the pre-season tour to Australia, Malaysia and Finland.

The former Crumlin United product made his debut in July against a Malaysia XI as a 79th-minute substitute for Nathaniel Clyne.

Should Cleary sample game-time during the European campaign, he will end a drought of Irish involvement at Liverpool as almost 11 years have passed since an Irish-born player emerged through the ranks to make his debut for the club’s first team.

Dubliner Richie Partridge’s appearances during the League Cup run of 2004/5 season represent the last time a youngster produced in these shores wore the Red jersey, as the likes of Ronnie Whelan and Jim Beglin had done with distinction during the golden trophy-laden period of the 1980s.

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