Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he is excited about what the future holds for his side after Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott committed to new contracts.
The pair, 19 and 17 respectively, are two of a crop of talented youngsters in Liverpool’s ranks; Neco Williams has impressed at right-back, while Rhian Brewster is in fantastic form on loan at Swansea.
“As a football club we are not worried about the future,” Klopp told a press conference on Tuesday. “We have a good team, a fantastic academy and a good age group.
“But the future is already prepared with a few really really good footballers around us. And I’m really happy that the boys see it the same way. For young players the biggest plus they have is time.”
Klopp added: “But in the moment when they lose patience, things can go not exactly like they should. The boys want to play and want to be involved. They are really close but not ready to play 90 minutes every three days.
“I really like that the boys are 100% committed. The next few are already lined up. Our academy is producing a lot of good players in the past few years and we are really happy that the boys want to be part of that process.”
KLOPP: YOUNG STARS COULD SAVE US MONEY
Klopp also insisted that his side’s exciting young players could end up saving Liverpool money in transfer fees.
Indeed, West Derby-born Trent Alexander-Arnold has done exactly that, nailing down the right-back position.
“Neco (Williams) made exactly the same steps as Harvey (Elliott) and Curtis (Jones). It is a little bit easier for him to have minutes than it is for example Harvey,” Klopp said.
“But it is not as if Harvey has not made big steps, he has been unbelievable. For a 17-year-old, it is unbelievable how good he is.
“Timing is always important in life and whatever we can produce by ourselves, the better it is because it saves money. We will use them as much as we can and whatever we can save out there is good.”
Liverpool return to action on Wednesday, travelling to the south coast to face Brighton.