Liverpool’s academy will always be famed as one of the best in English football, but the development of any young talent is always a delicate process – chiefly, deciding whether their time can be best served staying at the club or gaining experience elsewhere.
So, with the summer transfer window fast approaching, which youngsters should Liverpool keep at Anfield for next season and who should be allowed to leave on loan?
Keeping Harry Wilson should be a no-brainer for Klopp. The Reds boss’ diminishing use of Xherdan Shaqiri means he still has a back-up winger shaped hole in his squad.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are world class, but the pair simply cannot play every single game, and Wilson is versatile enough to fill in on either wing. The Welshman has 14 Derby County goals to his name this season and is one of the best free-kick takers in the country.
Another player who deserves a fair crack at Anfield is Marko Grujic, who has been nothing short of sensational this season on loan with Hertha Berlin.
The towering Serbian international has scored four times, averages over two tackles per game and is also making good use of his 6 ft 3 frame by winning 3.5 aerial duels per game, per Whoscored.
With Jordan Henderson requesting that he plays further forward, Klopp needs a deputy for Fabinho in the number six role, and at 22 years of age it is surely now or never for the gaffer’s first Liverpool signing.
Bobby Duncan should be the first name on the list of outgoing loans, as the teenager is simply too good to continue stat-padding against Under-18 sides that are just nowhere near his level.
In 15 U-18 Premier League matches this season, he has bagged a ridiculous 16 goals as well as five assists, while also netting twice in seven appearances in the UEFA Youth League.
Duncan is an out-and-out goalscorer, but a unique one in that he is brilliant as a number ten as well, and once he turns 18 this summer he should be sent out to test his mettle in the lower leagues.
Adam Lewis also needs to leave in search of regular time. Not too long ago the teenager was being touted as next season’s back-up to Andrew Robertson, but with the Reds now eyeing a move for Wolves starlet Ruben Vinagre that seems unlikely.
Lewis, a left back who loves to bomb down the wing and set up goals just like Robertson, has seven assists to his name in all competitions this season, and a loan move to an attacking side that loves to get their full backs high up the pitch would be perfect for him next term.