Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was pleased to see the youngsters do their job in a 1-0 win over Bournemouth on Wednesday in the Capital One Cup.
Nathaniel Clyne scored the only goal of the fourth-round tie at Anfield on 17 minutes to give Klopp his first victory at the helm of the Reds, as they marched on to the quarter-finals.
The German had handed maiden starts to Cameron Brannagan, Connor Randall and Joao Carlos Teixeira, the latter providing the assist for Clyne's winner, and Klopp saw enough of the academy graduates in training to give them a chance to prove they are ready to compete at this level.
"I feel much better than after a draw," a smiling Klopp said at the post-match press conference. "But I don't think the other games were so much worse than today – of course, the result is the biggest difference and we did well tonight.
"We didn't have too much time again between the games, not too much time for training, only one hour training with this new team and new system.
"I saw minute by minute we were better in the game, we closed the spaces better and the whole 90 minutes we played football and created our chances. We didn't have any real experience together, so I'm really satisfied – the boys did really well.
"We made a fantastic goal; Teixeira in the box and Clyne with him close enough, two boys from the left wing in the box because we had the space for it. That's really good, that's what we want. It's the next step.
"We saw these young guys together with these experienced guys, Dejan Lovren, Kolo [Toure] – it was a shame he had to go out so early. But for Dejan it was very important, 90 very intensive minutes in this game.
He added: "I've been here round about two weeks and I saw these guys in training, and not only them but Pedro [Chirivella] and [Jerome] Sinclair.
"They were with us most of the time in training. I saw them and it was clear the first chance I could give them I would do it. That was tonight because we needed some players to have this break and not to play today again.
"And I was completely sure these players had the quality to help us tonight and that's what they did. It was not easy. One week ago I said it's not so easy to rotate, if you bring players to play together.
"That's what we saw tonight – it was not all of them but it was the best they could do and so I'm completely satisfied."