Jurgen Klopp has vowed to give youth a chance at Liverpool after insisting he’d rather play a rising Academy talent that spend big money on a new signing.
Klopp, who insisted Liverpool are a work in progress after being asked to analyse his first year in charge, says he is keen to ensure the best of the club’s Academy talent is given every chance to progress into the first team.
Klopp is fully aware how players such as Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrerd and Jamie Carragher are still revered by supporters and he hopes a new generation can make the breakthrough at Anfield.
And he insists that signing big-name players can sometimes have a negative impact on young players’ development.
“We have to create a situation where these boys see a real perspective, that’s very important,” Klopp said in an interview with Sky Sports. It’s very important because they need to know there’s a way.”
Klopp insists it is not altruism that motivates him.
“That’s not unselfish,” he adds. “It’s selfish, because we want these boys. We want to help them and we want them to help us from a specific point on.
“You need to show that it’s really worth it and it makes sense to be part of the Liverpool academy. We have these wonderful stories about boys who are seven years old who come in and stay here and play for the club as professionals. We still have stories like this. For the Scouse people around, maybe not enough, but they are still here.”
Klopp’s Liverpool promise
It’s a reminder that, first and foremost, Klopp is a coach, with the Reds boss adding: “Actually, I can promise that before we sign a player which is not a lot better than what we have, we’ll always use our own boys.
“That’s how it is. That’s how the future should be. Even in this crazy football transfer world, we want to be this special club.”