Liverpool’s perfect start to the season, their sensible squad additions and the way Brendan Rodgers handles younger players all adds up to make the Anfield side a very attractive proposition for any player looking to join them.
It’s a combination of things which has turned Liverpool into a very attractive club to part of, demonstrated by the willingness of younger players to sign on the dotted line quickly this summer.
The clear reason that Moses feels that Liverpool have the potential to save his career is related directly to Brendan Rodgers and the gaffer’s policy of throwing any player, young or old, into the first team if he feels they deserve a chance.
“As a young footballer coming up, I just want to play games. Not playing can really damage your career. Liverpool is a massive club and I just want to enjoy my football and try to help my teammates,” Moses told Liverpool’s website.
Rodgers has also done superbly to create a situation where team spirit and general enthusiasm for all things Liverpool are common across all areas of his squad.
One of the reasons Moses jumped into the loan switch to Anfield is because of comments from Daniel Sturridge, a player who found himself in a similar situation to Moses when he made a permanent switch to the club.
Sturridge was facing possibly the last big move of his career and he is the perfect example of a way any younger player can turn things around or enhance his reputation once he gets that chance in Rodgers’ team.
If Liverpool are successful this season and manage to bag some silverware, regardless of the competition they win, it will enhance their credentials even further as a club that younger players should be looking to join from all over Europe.
That’s extremely positive for the Reds because it gives them a great chance to lay the foundation of one great first team after another, with Rodgers being able to invest in younger players who fit his model from a very early age.
Other top sides around Europe all have very good youth systems but the difference is that youngsters are more likely to get first team games under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.
For example, the number of talented players in Barcelona’s youth teams is huge but the number of teenagers getting first team games at the ages of 17 and 18-years-old is very small.
It’s relatively simple for Rodgers, other than transfer complications, because Liverpool is a club where a teenager can go and if he trains well and plays well in the youth teams, he’ll get thrown straight into the first at Anfield.
The club is by no means the finished article. They are just operating with a formula which is very attractive to younger players and one which could well turn out to be successful by the end of the current campaign.
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