By Dominic Toner

Liverpool have imposed a limit on how much they pay their academy players, according to a reliable journalist.

ESPN correspondent Pete O’Rourke revealed on his personal Twitter account that the Reds have set a salary cap of £40,000-a-year for their emerging stars.

With younger players at other leading clubs already on contracts worth millions, Liverpool are likely to be taking this stance to prevent their stars of the future earning too much, too soon.

“Liverpool have imposed a limit on how much they pay their academy players, a maximum of £40,000 a year,” he said, as quoted by his official Twitter account.

Many people feel that youngsters are overpaid and play football just for the money, but Liverpool are ensuring they produce top quality players who love the game.

Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne recently praised three young players at the club and believe they all have bright futures at Anfield.

Two of the names academy graduates Sheyi Ojo and Trent Alexander-Arnold, are both considered big prospects in the youth set up and have caught the eye of the first-team regular Clyne.

Jurgen Klopp will be keen to introduce talented youngsters to his side if they match his high demands.

Raheem Sterling, Jordon Ibe and Jon Flanagan are some of the recent players to graduate from the club’s academy and become established members of the senior squad.

In previous generations, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Michael Owen all progressed through the academy before becoming first-team stars.

In other Liverpool news, their senior player has posted a Twitter messaged ahead of the clash with Manchester Untied.