New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he will not bring young players through the ranks at Anfield just because they are from Merseyside.
The Reds have a proud recent record of bringing through local talent with Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher both establishing themselves as Liverpool legends after coming through the youth ranks at Melwood.
But Klopp, speaking at his press conference ahead of Wednesday’s game with Bournemouth, says he will not favour locally-born players and patience is key when dealing with youngsters.
“I don’t think it’s possible to bring through players just because they are local,” said Klopp, who admitted he’s not clear on the rules regarding the players he has out on loan.
“We have to learn we have to give these players enough time for improvement.
“I spoke for a long time with the chief of our academy.
“It is a reason why I’m here (developing players). We all want the same, to be successful. But maybe I’m more patient than other people.
“Usually the manager is under big pressure and this position is often changed. I was at Dortmund for seven years, so I could bring through players and help them to develop. I think that is a big reason why I am here, I want to do that.”
Klopp was delighted to see Liverpool Under-21 captain Cameron Brannagan sign a new long-term contract with the club on Monday.
“He’s a great young guy. He has everything you need for a footballer. He’s really a talent,” said Klopp.
Klopp keeping the faith
The German boss also maintains he has belief in his Liverpool side despite being without a win in his opening three matches.
“Everybody can see we need the results, we didn’t lose and we did not have the easiest opponents to play against.
“You have to respect the quality of the opponents. I have no problem with this. I knew when you come into the club, you have to accept it is going to be hard and there are no friendly games.
“For us we have to find solutions. My faith in this team is big.”