Barry Lewtas hails Jurgen Klopp for 'fantastic' use of academy players
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Barry Lewtas hails Jurgen Klopp for 'fantastic' use of academy players

Liverpool coach Barry Lewtas says the Reds’ win over Shrewsbury Town was ‘fantastic for the club’. The Under 23s boss loved what he saw.

Liverpool saw out a 4-1 win over Shrewsbury Town on Sunday – an expected result, in truth. The Reds actually fell behind at Anfield but rallied well, controlling the game and adding a decent shine with two late goals.

But the real story was in who played. Jurgen Klopp started four teenagers and brought more off the bench in a very youthful side. Certain players really stood out, too, earning praise from all corners.

Klopp, for instance, was full of praise for Kaide Gordon after the teenager scored his first senior goal in the game. Fans applauded Conor Bradley at right-back after he assisted the goal. But the likes of Tyler Morton and Elijah Dixon-Bonner also shone on a great day for Liverpool.

Seeing so many academy players feature – Max Woltman, Melkamu Frauendorf and James Norris also played – is unquestionably great. Especially as they contributed to a win and progression in the cup.

And Under 23s boss Barry Lewtas made sure to point that out this week, calling it ‘fantastic for the club’.

Liverpool show off academy vs Shrewsbury

“It was fantastic to see Conor Bradley put the ball in and then Kaide scored,” said Lewtas, per “Seeing so many Academy players out there is fantastic for us and fantastic for the club.

“I say this time and time again but we are extremely fortunate that we have a first-team manager and his staff who are so supportive of our Academy players with the trust they put in them.”

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Deserved praise for Klopp, there. The boss doesn’t just play youngsters in the odd cup game, after all, but shows trust all season long. Morton, for instance, is a fine example, having started games at San Siro and Tottenham Hotspur in this campaign.

There’s a lot to shout about at Liverpool, then. The Reds have an incredible group of young players here, most of which aren’t even 20 yet.

And Harvey Elliott, the best of the bunch, isn’t even back yet.

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