Liverpool’s youth players have been warned by Steven Gerrard that they will have to be at their absolute best if they are to make the grade.
Gerrard is currently in charge of Liverpool’s Under-18 side, having returned to the club in a coaching capacity ahead of the new season.
Liverpool’s academy has produced a crop of youngsters who have reached first-team level in recent times, but there are no current academy graduates in Jurgen Klopp’s preferred starting line-up.
“There’s a lot of talent, a lot of talent, but I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: to play for Liverpool’s first team, you’ve got to be world-class,” Gerrard told the club’s official website.
“You’ve got to be world-class every day; the values of our club will never change, so I am not going to come in and try and change any of the values.
“It’ll be more of the same, but trying to tell them that every single day you’ve got to be obsessed to play for Liverpool’s first team.
“We’ve got a job to do and that’s to try and push them and get every single bit of effort and determination.”