Alex Inglethorpe delivers verdict on Klopp youth policy
By Emma Sanders
Alex Inglethorpe has claimed Jurgen Klopp’s desire to nurture youth players has paid huge dividends at Liverpool this season.
The Reds’ academy director praised the Liverpool manager and the first-team staff for their eagerness to give some of the club’s top youngsters an opportunity.
Inglethorpe believes his young players have progressed much further under Klopp and he hopes there is now a platform for academy stars to follow suit after a number of talented teenagers have made the breakthrough in 2016-17.
“First and foremost, it gives everyone at the Academy hope,” Inglethorpe told the Liverpool Echo.
“It’s one thing talking about it, it’s another thing actually doing it. Jurgen [Klopp] and his staff have all brought into the young ones who are coming through,” he added.
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“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.”
The comments came after Trent Alexander-Arnold made his first Premier League start during the 1-1 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Alexander-Arnold has been one of the brightest young talents to break into the first team this season and he has been joined by Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria.
Woodburn became the club’s youngest ever goal-scorer at the age of 16 when he netted in the 2-0 victory over Leeds in the EFL Cup quarter-final, breaking Michael Owen’s long-standing record in the process.
Ejaria regularly trains with the first team squad at Melwood and has been named in a number of matchday squads, as well as making two substitute appearances in the league and three starts in the FA Cup and the EFL Cup.
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