Liverpool have long prided themselves on the strength of the academy. The Reds have produced a number of world class players during their time, including a Ballon d’Or winner in Michael Owen. Following the breakthroughs of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones, Jürgen Klopp remarked that he would love a team “full of Scousers”, he may just get his wish after a string of contract renewals.
Jürgen Klopp has a reputation for blooding young talent, helping future world class talents find their feet in the senior game, one example being World Cup winner Mario Gotze at Borussia Dortmund.
Speaking at a pre-match press conference recently, Jürgen Klopp declared that he wants a “team full of Scousers” in the future.
Blooding local talent doesn’t just save money but it also ensures that extra bit of passion that can squeeze that extra yard of running from tired legs.
The Scousers in our team
The last 18 months has seen the Reds’ academy come further to the forefront than we’ve seen in recent seasons.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is the most obvious case in point, the Scouser has become the best right back in the world under Jürgen Klopp’s tutelage.
More recently we have seen Curtis Jones and Neco Williams make sporadic appearances for the first team, the pair are expected to take on even more prominent roles next seasons.
Dreams do come true
In addition to Curtis Jones and Neco Williams the Reds have been treated to glimpses at a number of other youth players this season.
Jürgen Klopp has trusted his academy stars in the cups, most notably in the League Cup when the first team were abroad contesting the Club World Cup.
The players have clearly repaid the faith shown in them with their performances, leading the club to offer a string of new deals to stars from the academy.
Curtis Jones recently signed a new long term contract with the Reds and has since been followed by Harvey Elliott, Layton Stewart and Jake Cain – left back Adam Lewis has also penned a new deal.
With so many academy prospects being retained and tied down for the long term, Jürgen Klopp’s dream of a “team full of Scousers” may be closer than we think.