Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says the stature of the club means it is not always possible to give playing chances to young players.
The German, who took charge at Anfield in October, claims he has not been able to offer the first-team opportunities to the young players because of the magnitude of the games.
Still, that does not mean he has not been impressed by the youth talent at the club – quite the opposite.
“We had 45 players in training. At times difficult (with injuries) but we were forced to use other players, bring guys back from loan.
“There are more young players too. Cameron Brannagan is an outstanding talent.
“We are a big club with big targets. We need to win big games. We can’t always play young players,” said Klopp as Liverpool prepare to take on Everton at Anfield on Wednesday night.
“You saw Cameron Brannagan in the FA Cup, or Pedro Chirivella against West Ham.
“These players, all of them, have a perfect attitude. It’s about how often we can give them the opportunity.
“The future of Liverpool looks nice.”
The Liverpool boss has also told his players to forget about the Europa League and focus on the Premier League.
Klopp’s side sealed a semi-final showdown against Villarreal last week, but the German boss wants his players to concentrate on domestic action.
“We should only think about our line up,” he added.
“Nobody in our dressing room is thinking about the Europa League. We could be fifth.”
Klopp has also called for cool heads against Everton.
“Before I went to Dortmund there were lots of red cards in derbies. I don’t want to see this… not to show ‘I am the man’.
“I’m not going to say ‘kick them out of the stadium’. It’s about football.
“To handle the emotions and the pressure – big challenge.”