Liverpool teenager Conor Masterson could be named on the bench for Wednesday night’s Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City at Anfield. The 19-year-old Academy centre-back is in contention to make the matchday squad as a result of the Reds’ defensive crisis with Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan all ruled out due to injury. With Emre Can, Adam Lallana and Ben Woodburn also sidelined, Masterson was one of five Academy youngsters promoted to train at Melwood on Tuesday. Nathaniel Phillips, Curtis Jones, Herbie Kane and Rafa Camacho were also put through their paces alongside the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. Either Masterson or fellow Liverpool Under-23s centre-back Phillips are most likely to be named on the bench by Jurgen Klopp. Republic of Ireland youth international Masterson previously captained the club’s under-18s and was an unused sub for Liverpool in their FA Cup tie at Exeter in January 2016. Phillips joined the Reds from Bolton two years ago following a successful trial. The 21-year-old only returned to action last month after a long-term back injury.
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