You’d think the young players at a football club would want to learn from those they grew up watching, or heard stories about. Yet there has been a scarce amount at Liverpool in recent years at the academy.
Kenny Dalglish was brought to the academy under Rafael Benitez but then his role changed as we all know but there hasn’t been much of an old Liverpool feel since.
Brendan Rodgers has made no secret that he is keen to bring in characters from the past, with the additions of former players Rob Jones, Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler according to a couple of fan sites.
He has also had the desire to bring in players that are hungry for success – but there is a key aspect in incorporating all three of these former Liverpool players, there is still a burning desire amongst them.
Rob Jones’ career was sadly curtailed by injury, and probably prevented him from becoming one of the finest full-backs of his generation. Steve McManaman went on to achieve great things with Real Madrid, including a Champions League triumph, whilst Fowler’s career remained in English football, including a return to Liverpool in 2006.
All three of those players perhaps had one ambition that they could never fulfil, bringing the League and European Cup titles to Merseyside that perhaps they thought they could have done when they entered the youth set up.
Bringing all three of these players is indicative of what Rodgers has looked for when recruiting – whether it be in his backroom staff or in the transfer market, he wants people with hunger and desire to win – something that all three of these should have in abundance.
There could be a real sense of unfinished business amongst them, and if youngsters look up to good players of the past who have a real desire to improve the club, and be part of something they couldn’t quite do on the field – then that can only be good for the future of Liverpool Football Club.
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