Former Chelsea assistant Ray Wilkins told talkSPORT why he feels Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is the perfect manager for younger players.
Wilkins was making the comments in relation to Raheem Sterling’s ongoing talks with the Anfield club over a new contract.
However, they don’t apply solely to Sterling’s situation, but to all youngsters across the Liverpool youth system looking to break into the first team.
“Brendan is a fantastic manager, he loves young guys, he gives them a game and they play. I think that’s the important thing – I think if you move to one of these big teams; Real Madrid or Barcelona, do you play?” said Wilkins.
One of the only ways for any youngster to get better is through playing in an experienced a tough group of players.
Rodgers exposes younger players to those situations and leaves them to learn by the mistakes they make as well as allowing them to savour the good performances they put in during big games.
It’s not just Sterling who he’s done this with, but also the likes of Jordon Ibe and also John Flanagan, who he offered the chance to settle at full-back last season.
It’s a great system because not only does it allow younger players to grow and improve, it inspires the other youngsters who aren’t currently close to a first team place.
It’s proof to those players that if they work hard enough, they will eventually force their way into the first team picture where they can take full advantage.