Liverpool have been steadily recruiting the team of tomorrow in recent years. The Reds have bought a number of promising youngsters in order to save money by developing a star rather than buying them readymade. We don’t always get the ones we want; Ramon Hendriks has discussed turning Liverpool down in the past.
Team of tomorrow
Recent years have seen the recruitment team hard at work identifying and purchasing some of the brightest youngsters in the world.
In the past few months we’ve seen Kaide Gordon arrive from Derby County.
Stefan Bajcetic has been signed from Celta Vigo and Calum Scanlon has joined from Birmingham City.
Over the summer Marcelo Pitaluga signed from Fluminense and Melkamu Frauendorf came from Hoffenheim.
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There are more and more promising youngsters if you go back a few windows, the bottom line is that it is exciting.
The Reds’ youth teams are becoming some of the most feared around due to this impressive recruitment strategy.
Ramon Hendriks on Liverpool interest
19-year-old centre back Ramon Hendriks is currently a regular at NAC Breda.
The Dutchman is on loan from Feyenoord, having moved in January to get more regular first team minutes.
He joined Feyenoord from FC Dordrecht’s youth side in 2017. Speaking to VoetbalZone, Ramon Hendriks discussed turning Liverpool down to join Feyenoord:
“I was able to go to Ajax, to PSV, to Feyenoord, to Liverpool and a few other clubs. Very big names for a fifteen-year-old boy from Dordrecht.
“That club (Feyenoord) just suits me best as a person. It was very difficult to say ‘no’ to Liverpool. I thought about the adventure but decided to choose a relatively surer path.
“I think the toughness of the Premier League would suit me well, and Liverpool would, of course, have the preference.
“I don’t think I would say ‘no’ again if they ever come forward for me, haha. For now, however, I first dream of a full stadium at NAC.”
What RTK has to say
It was probably the right decision for Ramon Hendriks to turn Liverpool down.
The youngster would’ve had fierce competition for a place at Anfield and it may have hampered his progress.
If he ends up fulfilling his potential then we will return for him in the future, particularly now we know he wants in.