Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes that Kaide Gordon can stand in for strikers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
The Reds are missing two of their most important forwards, as they are on African Cup of Nations duty with Egypt and Senegal respectively.
However, Gordon is a highly rated attacker at Liverpool, and Klopp believes the youngster can step up in the Carabao Cup semi final first leg against Arsenal on Thursday.
He told a pre-match press conference: “Kaide was – and is always – in our mind because he’s just an exceptional talent.
‘”He played an exceptional pre-season but then had a little drop in form, which is completely normal in this age. He played then with the U23s mostly, had good games there, lesser good games and all these kind of things, but he is an outstanding talent.
“He is here [and] as long as he’s fit he is always in my mind and then we will see where that exactly leads to.
“The game [against Shrewsbury] obviously helped him a lot because he felt proper adult football. He is capable of dealing with that and that is a really important thing, getting these kinds of experiences, so we will see.”