Jurgen Klopp has praised the impact Liverpool’s young guns made in the 2016/17 season – but says he wants them to all step up another level next term.
Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Harry Wilson all made their first-team debuts during the past campaign, while another, Rhian Brewster, was named on the substitutes’ bench.
While all five are expected to enjoy successful careers with Liverpool, Klopp has warned them to stay on their toes, especially with a fresh influx of young stars also soon expected to push for the first-team squad.
“The boys did really well but they all have to improve,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“They have to go from being really skilled kids to being players that you have to use. That’s the next step.
“Look at Rhian Brewster, everyone knows about his talent. It’s fantastic.
“Ben is a step ahead and someone like Trent is already another step ahead. It’s all cool and good for the future.”
With Dominic Solanke already joining the ranks and Mohamed Salah soon expected to sign, competition for places at Liverpool is expected to be tougher than ever next season.
The likes of Kamil Grabara, Conor Masterson, Juanma, Matty Virtue, Adam Lewis, Yan Dhanda and Glen McAuley are among the next wave of Liverpool kids expected to knock on Klopp’s first-team door this season and with the club going for glory on four fronts, the club will need competition for places to be as strong as ever.