Liverpool have seen a remarkable amount of talent emerge from their illustrious academy, with the likes of Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher all rising through the ranks on Merseyside before making their mark on the first-team.
Recently, Trent Alexander-Arnold made his Premier League debut against Manchester United at the weekend whilst a few months ago Ben Woodburn set a new record for the club’s youngest ever goalscorer, breaking a record held by the aforementioned Owen.
Jurgen Klopp’s willingness to bleed youngsters into the first-team has given the academy increased attention once again and director Alex Inglethorpe lifted the lid on the academy. Speaking to The Liverpool Echo, he said:
“First and foremost, it gives everyone at the Academy hope. It’s one thing talking about it, it’s another thing actually doing it. Jurgen and his staff have all bought into the young ones who are coming through.”
“They have taken care of them, nurtured them and given them a platform to play. Then it’s up to the boys to play their part and show they are credible Liverpool players. At the minute they are training hard with the first team. How can you not learn as a young player playing with the likes of Coutinho, Firmino and Henderson every day?”
“The best players tend to be the ones who sit under the radar. The ones that announce themselves a bit too early put added pressure on themselves they don’t need. It’s hard enough being 17 or 18 as an ordinary kid, it’s a tough enough time in your life anyway, let alone when you’re under scrutiny and trying to become a footballer.”
With Liverpool set to play Plymouth in the FA Cup third-round replay this evening, the Reds could hand further opportunities to their young talents to shine and you can expect Klopp to keep giving them chances as the season progresses.