Liverpool have followed the lead of Southampton and Tottenham and introduced a wage cap for their academy players.
In a bid to combat greed and maintain young players’ hunger Jurgen Klopp has put an end of huge salaries for the club’s emerging talent.
A report in the Daily Telegraph details that Liverpool will no longer pay any 17-year-old first season professionals more than £40,000 a year.
This basic wage can be incentivised by a bonus system, with the intention of keeping players motivated to give their all and assist their development at Melwood.
Southampton and Tottenham, who have two of the best academy systems in the Premier League, already have a similiar structure in place and seem to be reaping the rewards.
Whether Liverpool could harm their prospects of being able to attract the world’s best talent is open to debate, but the report claims Liverpool are confident that their level of coaching and stature will continue to attract the most promising talent.
James Milner in February said he had been impressed with the young players who represented the club so well in the FA Cup but has warned they will get a “kick up the rear” if they let their new-found fame go to their heads.
LFC Academy promising route to Klopp's 1st team over big youth contracts. Should be applauded for this. https://t.co/VcjexwFk74
— Chris Bascombe (@_ChrisBascombe) October 13, 2016
“They’ve got their heads on their shoulders, their feet on the ground, and they know what they want to achieve,” he told the club’s official website.
“If they don’t, that’s where we step in and give them a kick up the rear but I don’t see that being too much of a problem.”
Klopp handed a debut to promising academy 18-year-old Ovie Ejaria in the 3-0 EFL Cup win over Derby last month.