Young guns coach: Klopp is the right manager for Liverpool youngsters
By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has shown his willingness to use the Reds’ academy youngsters since joining the team, and Under-23s manager Michael Beale believes the club is in the right hands.
Liverpool have a strong history of bringing through young players including Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard, and Beale belives Klopp is the man to help bring through more stars.
Although the club have sold academy graduates Sergi Canos and Jordon Ibe, while 22-year-old Brad Smith is close to joining Bournemouth, the club have ensured they have a buy-back clause in all of the deals.
Young starlets Ben Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria and Trent Alexander-Arnold have shown impressive performances during the summer, with the trio featuring in the senior team, and Beale believes that Klopp is the right man to ensure they progress further.
“At the moment, we’ve got the right manager, he’s really helping,” said Beale to the Liverpool Echo.
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“The manager can make or break any Academy and I think our manager is doing us proud, but at the same time he wouldn’t play them if he didn’t think they had potential.
“At this moment in time a lot of things are looking together for us.”
There has been a shake-up in the youth regulation and the U21s Premier League has now changed to an U23s league.
As well as players under the age of 23, each team can also choose three outfield players and a goalkeeper that are over-age, under the new rules that were announced last week.
However, Beale has stated that he will still concentrate on players at the younger range of the spectrum
“Our team will probably be around the average age of 19. Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander, Ben Woodburn, they’ll come back and join this group,” Beale said.
Klopp has a history of giving young players an opportunity and helped bring through Mario Gotze while he was at Borussia Dortmund.
In other Liverpool team news, Mamadou Sakho’s future at the Reds has been plunged into doubt after being sent home from the club’s tour of the US.