Klopp: Liverpool door ‘wide open’ to young players

Date published: Tuesday 13th October 2015 7:56

Jurgen Klopp: Hit the ground running

Jurgen Klopp: Hit the ground running

Jurgen Klopp has outlined his Liverpool vision after taking his first training session at Anfield – telling his young players they’ll have a first-team chance.

Klopp spoke to the nine senior players present at Melwood, including stand-in skipper James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, Lucas and Philippe Coutinho. Alberto Moreno, Kolo Toure and Jose Enrique all took part in the session, as Klopp got to know his new charges.

It is understood the German briefly outlined what he expects from them as he builds up to his first match in charge against Tottenham on Saturday.

Klopp took the session, which lasted just over an hour, assisted by his coach Peter Krawietz and Pep Lijnders, the only survivor from Brendan Rodgers’ first-team staff.

The 48-year-old has already visited Liverpool’s Academy and watched the team’s Under-18 side in action against Stoke on Saturday morning.

He spent the trip chatting with academy director Alex Inglethorpe and other coaches.

Klopp said: “When I’m managing a club, each young player should smile because the chance is bigger than it ever was. The door is pretty wide open. Experience is an important point, but not the most.”

The German boss will also have got to know his injured stars, which currently include skipper Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren and Christian Benteke.

He will be united with Danny Ings, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana on Wednesday, after returning from England duty.

Joe Gomez and Jordon Ibe have also been representing England’s Under-21 side, while Simon Mignolet, Joe Allen, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel are also on international duty.

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